Communication and the impact of memory loss
The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) specialists in dementia care held a virtual event to provide carers with support and advice on ways to communicate with a loved one who is living with memory loss.
Following on from recent virtual support sessions that have been run by OSJCT Admiral Nurses they found a common theme in that families were asking for support on how to communicate with a loved one suffering with memory loss, many of whom have lost the ability to communicate verbally.
The virtual event was well attended by families who are caring for a loved one at home and also by local professionals. Many of the local professionals who attended left their details for families to be able to reach out to them to use their free services or gain further local support.
Admiral Nurses are registered nurses who specialise in dementia care and work collaboratively with families and care providers, sharing their expertise and giving them the support and skills needed.
The session was followed with a Q&A session providing carers with support and tips on how best to communicate with their loved one and ways to communicate when verbal communication is not possible.
Angie Williams, Lead Admiral Nurse said: “Caring for a loved one who cannot communicate and verbalise as they used to can be very challenging and distressing for families. At this session we were able to offer support and highlight different ways families can improve communication and their understanding of the behaviours with a loved one”.