NursePartners emphasizes the need to substitute and then subtract when helping someone living with dementia. This requires thinking creatively and making the care recipient feel as though they are effectively communicating their need or desire.
Our team helps the person living with dementia feel heard and acknowledged by joining their world. We spend extra time connecting before providing care. If the person is trying to communicate something, we ask them to tell us about it. If they are noticeably upset or sad, we take that extra moment to enter that emotional state ourselves for a little. For someone unable to communicate effectively, this opportunity to describe something they forget or connect emotionally will allows us to provide care and for both the carepartner and the client to feel good about our interaction.
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