Communication for Individuals with Dementia

QCF Health and Social Care Unit CU 1682
Understand and Enable Interaction and Communication with Individuals who have Dementia
1. Explain how individuals with dementia may communicate through their behaviour
As processing for individuals with dementia can be quite confusing, the communication and expression of wants,
needs, preferences, feelings and emotions might not be straight forward and clear and therefore as a carer providing somebody with dementia support for us to be able to interpret communication through different means.
An individual with dementia may communicate all through their behaviour and straightforward verbalising.
Other ways of communication may be
  * body language
  * Eye contact although this may be culturally dependent
  * physical touch
  * gestures
  * facial expressions
  * behaviour
  * tone, speed or pitch of voice
  * physical posture
  * mobility
All these qualities at forms of communication can express thoughts and emotions.
2. Give examples of how carers and others may misinterpret communication from individuals with Dementia
When individuals communicate in alternative methods it can be easy to misinterpret what they are trying to communicate if this is not in a normally accepted method. As we are used to receiving verbal communication as a form of information from an individual, we need to adapt our methods and understanding to receive communication in alternative methods. For example whereas we are used to interpreting aggression as a form of anger, it may be that due to the impaired neurological processing of an individual with dementia, and their inability to process the information they are receiving, aggression could be due to frustration or ill health. Therefore as carers we need to keep open to alternative methods of communication as being an individual's particular way and means of expressing their needs and preferences, and support others to understand and...