Communication Strategies During Dementia Care

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Coping with the death of a family member

Allow Yourself to Grieve

One of the most important things you can do when faced with the death of a loved one is to allow yourself to grieve. You may experience shock, anger, sadness, and can even feel lost or helpless. This is normal, but it is necessary to express these feelings because keeping them in will only lessen your ability to cope.

Talk to your family and friends about what you are feeling. It is likely that they are feeling the same emotions as you and talking about it will help you cope and find closure. Talking about your loved one after their death is also a great way to honor their memory and help you appreciate the moments you had with them. There are other ways to honor them as well, including donating to their favorite charities, planting a tree in their memory, or spending time with family to share stories and reminisce with photos of fun times. These kinds of activities, while they may seem difficult, will help you find closure and acceptance.

When you experience the death of a family member, you will be filled with many emotions and may also be required to do things like make funeral arrangements or work with their estate planners to carry out their final will. During this time, it is imperative that you take care of yourself and not neglect your needs – eat well, get plenty of rest, and try to continue doing the things that bring you joy. Whether this is exercise or spending time with friends, this will help you cope and keep a level head while dealing with other responsibilities.


When your loved ones lose their ability to communicate, it can be one of the most frustrating times not just for them, but for their families and cares also. As the illness begins to progress, the person with dementia will gradually lose their ability to communicate. 

They will begin to find it more and more difficult to communicate their feelings and needs. Sometimes, they may also find it hard to understand what others are saying. It is important to check that communication problems are not a result of impaired hearing or vision.

Communication Changes in Dementia

While each person with dementia is unique, there are a few tell-tale signs you can notice which is important in home hospice care. Make sure you don’t base every person’s experience off of this, though as there are many causes of dementia with each affecting the brain in different ways.

Here are some changes you may notice in a person with dementia:

The Best Suggestions for Communicating with a Person Who is Dealing with Dementia

Carers and family members need to make sure that they pay attention to how they present themselves and talk to a person with dementia

The three factors that make up the messages we communicate are:

The aforementioned statistics specifically highlight just how important it is for families and carers to present themselves to a person dealing with dementia. When you sigh or raise your eyebrows, this is known as negative body language and people dealing with dementia will easily pick this up. These are many strategies that you can use in order to communicate positively with a person who is dealing with dementia. 

It is important to make yourself understood and to show them just how much you care for them. It is never easy for anyone but caring for your loved one is important. If it gets to an extent where they need some extra care, you may need to speak to a hospice care facility such as Westlake Village Hospice. We serve the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Ventura County, Antelope Valley, Lake View Terrace, Thousand Oaks, Sylmar, Studio City, and areas across Southern California.

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