Helpful Ways to Communicate with a Loved One Who Can No Longer Speak

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Check out these tips on communicating with a loved one who can't speak from AgingCare.com

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Helpful Ways to Communicate with a Loved One Who Can No Longer Speak

  1. 1. Helpful Ways to Communicate with aLoved One Who Can No Longer Speak www.careanswers.com
  2. 2. Many people have to deal with the fact that a loved one can nolonger speak, which makes communication a frustrating anddifficult task instead of a smooth, harmonious interaction.www.careanswers.com
  3. 3. It could come as a result of a stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s orfor some other reason, but your loved one has lost his or herability to talk or possibly respond to your communicationattempts.www.careanswers.com
  4. 4. This can lead to frustration for family members, who visit theirloved one and tend to simply “put in time” because of the familymember’s silence.www.careanswers.com
  5. 5. Loved ones who cannot speak are in need of patience andunderstanding, but there are ways to spark communication thatwill reduce frustration on both parties part.Check out these tips on communicating with a loved one who can’tspeak from AgingCare.com:www.careanswers.com
  6. 6. Tune into body languageSomeone that can’t talk is very vulnerable. He or she can’t say whatfeels good or what they like. When using touch or hearing, a caregivermust be sensitive to body language. Watch the person’s body languageto see what should continue and what should change.www.careanswers.com
  7. 7. Speak softly about what you are doingIf you are providing hands-on care, say things like, “I’m going to rublotion on your arm now. Does that feel good?” or “I’m going to styleyour hair now. It will look very nice.”www.careanswers.com
  8. 8. Make sure ointments are warm, not hotWith physical care, you can do pleasant touch therapy, such as lotion ormassage oil on the arms and legs. Keep the talk soothing and the touchlight. Think of what you would like if the situation were reversed.www.careanswers.com
  9. 9. Don’t push itIf a loved one doesn’t seem to like too much touching, try somethingelse. Hold his or her hand and talk about familiar things like family orevents they would be pleased to remember. Gently hold his or herhand. The goal is to interact in a positive, pleasurable way.www.careanswers.com
  10. 10. Ask simple questions that require a yes/no answerSomeone who has difficulty communicating will do better with yes/noanswers than trying to “fill in the blank” with words or phrases that maybe difficult to get out.www.careanswers.com
  11. 11. Allow time for a responseAllow the person time to respond before asking the next question.Listen with an open mind and heart as well as open ears. Be patient asthe words can be difficult to form.www.careanswers.com
  12. 12. Find Quality Care Now Locate a BrightStar Near You!Find a location in the USFind a location in Canada www.careanswers.com

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