They may find it difficult to carry out physical tasks due to sensory loss. A person is unique and may have had different life experiences which means the way dementia affects them is personal to them. They have different likes/ dislikes and needs so we must try to meet these the best we can. 1.3 A person with dementia may feel excluded from society because the way they are treated by other's. They may not be given the oppourtunity to be involved just because other's haven't got the time of day for them.
People who care for dementia sufferers may find that as the illness progresses they will have to start discussions to get the person to make conversation. This is common. Their ability to process information gets progressively weaker and their responses can become delayed. Impaired depth perception, loss of vision, loss of colour vision, loss of contrast sensitivity and hallucinations are all problems that may be associated with dementia. As a carer non-verbal communication will become important, body language, facial expressions, gestures, eye contact and tone of voice will have to be taken into account when communicating with a sufferer.
A person with dementia is often frustrated, sometimes angry, and we need to realise this as part of their condition, and that we should not react in a way that would provide further anguish to them. They may also act inappropriately towards you or others. It can be difficult for them to understand that this is not appropriate, so the carer must diffuse the situation calmly and discreetly. A carer must always be understanding of the condition so they are able to provide the correct level of support. 4.1 Explain the difference between a reality orientation approach to interactions and a validation approach.
As dementia affects a person's mental abilities, they may find planning and organizing difficult. Being independent may also become a problem. A person with dementia will therefore usually need help from friends or relatives, including help with decision making. Most types of dementia can't be cured, but if it is detected early there are ways to slow it down and maintain mental function. Dementia is a collection of symptoms including memory loss, personality change, and impaired intellectual functions resulting from disease or trauma to the brain.
So expressing themselves using body language may be difficult do to lack of cognitive control in their limbs, or hands. They may also show the same signs as Alzheimer’s disease. • Lewy bodies dementia is very similar to Alzheimer’s disease, the difference being that they may have hallucinations and become fearful. This will affect communication due to their behaviour may mean they are too scared to talk, or be spoken to. Physical and mental health factors need to be taken into account when communicating with someone with dementia, they may also be hard of hearing, or have limited eyesight.
The individual may feel that they can't cope and give up,. The carer might feel that they can't cope looking after the individual so help is needed. The individual may not be sleeping as well as they have been and through lack of sleep they are frustrated and the confidence and well being is being effected, so help from others would be welcomed by both parties. 3.3 Explain how to access the additional support of others when supporting individuals with dementia. I would access additional support by asking by manager if they have support groups available and by asking support workers.
This may be very distressing for their family members, but it's a natural aspect of their memory loss. The person with dementia may be trying to interpret a world that no longer makes sense to them because their brain is processing information incorrectly. Sometimes the person with dementia and those around them will misinterpret each other's attempts at communication. These misunderstandings
Explain the way that individuals process information and reference to the abilities and limitations of individuals with dementia. Individuals with dementia, their brains process information incorrectly and communication can become difficult, this difficulties can become upsetting and frustrating for the individual with dementia. People with dementia often confuse the generations for example confusing their wife to be there mother, this can be distressing for the family but is natural aspect of their memory loss. When caring for residents with dementia it important to take into account the individual’s needs and abilities, interests and preferences, dementia effects memory, thinking and reasoning, as dementia progresses the need and abilities of the individual changes. In the earlier stages of dementia the individual may feel upset or anxious and be more self-aware of their memory loss and their own limitations and want to talk and share about how they are feeling, their worries and concerns for the future, support and empathy should be given.
A negative attitude of a patient can create doubt in the caregiver that the patient has a desire or even know how to participate in his or her care. If a caregiver has a posture that portrays the attitude that he is in a hurry or is not that interested in what a patient has to say then the patient will feel that and say less so the caregiver can go. If a patient displays no interest in the information that the caregiver is giving him or her caregiver will feel that he or she is wasting time and will not spend the time with the patient to help him or her understand the plan of care. This creates a difficult situation from both perspectives because neither position will pursue the problem,
* A client may be suffering from confusion, either temporarily because of an acute medical problem, or as a result of dementia. The elderly often have some degree of sensory impairment and this also has an impact on communication. A health care worker might be dealing with someone suffering from a mental illness. This may take many forms; perhaps the client is depressed and reluctant to speak, or may be deluded or hallucinating. This makes communication challenging and the care worker needs to learn strategies to improve her sensitivity.