Tips for Dealing with Elderly Relatives with Aphasia
Speech is a powerful tool for communication. From the moment of our birth to old age, we rely on speech to share ideas, express feelings, offer directions, and describe the state of things.
However, as people age, they might lose the ability to communicate effectively. There are a variety of causes like hearing loss, stuttering, and a variety of disorders like Dysarthria, Apraxia, or Aphasia.
One of the most common causes is Aphasia, the loss of the ability to use language. Patients dealing with Aphasia may have difficulty in recalling words or formulating sentences to express their thoughts.
- Make sure you have their attention. Distractions can amplify the difficulty in recalling words and forming sentences.
- Speak in simple terms but remember that they are adults. Our Skilled Nursing staff behave professionally and will treat patients with respect.
- Don’t rush them when they are trying to form their sentences or recalling the right words.
- Confirm if they have understood you and that you have understood them. Questions that can be answered with “yes” or “no” can be useful.
We at Cardinal Home Health Care are equipped to deal with patients that have Aphasia properly. As a leading provider of home health care in Ontario, California, we can provide Speech Therapy services to your loved ones. Contact us for more information.