When a person has Alzheimer’s or another dementia, it’s not always easy for them to convey their feelings, needs, or pains. Whether they can verbalize or not, they still have a voice that should be heard.
But we must listen with more than just our ears. We must see, feel, and hear what they are telling us, and we must advocate with them and for them.
Please visit The Importance of Listening to the Person with Dementia on Next Avenue to read more about what I have to say on this important topic.
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I always make the effort to treat my client as if they were my mother or father….
It makes patience and care easier than if they were ‘just a client’. That a human being should
Mike Good says
So true Florence. Having that respect and helping them maintain dignity while being cared for is so important. Thank you for sharing.