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Unit Reference L/601/3539 DEM 308: Understanding the role of communication and interactions with individuals who have dementia. 1.1 Explain how individuals with dementia may communicate through their behaviour. Dementia sufferers communicate in different ways. They may not be able to speak but they may be able to communicate non verbally with positive or negative behaviour. They can communicate using body language and posture. Certain forms of behaviour that are particularly common with dementia sufferers is repetitive behaviour, restlessness, shouting and screaming, walking or pacing around also at night time, fidgeting, lack of inhibition, following people around such as carers or other residents and suspicion. 1.2 Give examples of how carers and others may misinterpret communication Communication can be misinterpreted by a carer if the carer does not know the person well. The individual may lash out and become angry because of something simple such as been seated in the wrong chair or position. The individual may also lash out if they are in pain and they cannot tell you this then can lead to frustration on both parts. 1.3 Explain the importance of effective communication to an individual with dementia. Communication with a person with dementia can be very difficult. The individual may not be able to find or remember a particular word for an object or the word they need to express what they are trying to say. Effective communication is important because it can reduce anxiety and confusion, it can improve the relationship between you and the individual, it will build trust between you, improve co-operation and allow you to feel more successful as a caregiver. 1.4 Describe how different forms of dementia may affect the way an individual communicates. It is important to remember that the difficulties and symptoms
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