Elizabeth Shann 28.01.15
Unit 501 Questions. 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 3-2, 3-3, 4-1, 4-2.
In my workplace the range of individuals who’s communication must be addressed vary . As I work in a Dementia home these individuals needs change on a daily basis, as they are all in different stages of Dementia.so communication plays a large part in my job role.
Working with individuals with Dementia calls for different approaches to communication. As dementia impairs a person’s ability to communicate effectively, it also reduces the ability to decode and understand information. It decreases the persons capacity to plan and problem solve. These language deficits are compounded by other dementia related impairments including decreased attention span and memory loss. The combination of all these attribute to a serious communication loss. As a result older adults in my workplace with dementia face more than just communication difficulties such as unfamiliar surroundings, unfamiliar faces, routines and instructions to name a few which can be hard to follow so will also disrupt communication.
For me in my job role it is imperative that these individuals with these language deficits and other cognitive impairments and my responsibility to facilitate the communication barrier. To do this a report is written up and kept to be updated when necessary having all the individuals details recorded helps to look back and access whenever necessary e.g.:
1) Being aware that there is some communication deficit
2) Being aware at what stage the communication difficulties are at (needing basic encouragement, right up to maybe sign or card pictures.)
3) To observe facial expressions when talking to them
4) To always have eye contact.
5) To observe body language.