2.4.1 Overview

Caring for clients with cognitive conditions poses a set of unique challenges for carers. In this chapter, you will learn about how to provide patient-centered care despite communication barriers caused by dementia. You will learn techniques for overcoming these significant barriers to communication in order to collaboratively work with your client to respect their care preferences.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the effect of dementia on communication
  • Identify ways to effectively communicate with clients who have dementia
  • Demonstrate hand-under-hand technique and the best way to approach clients with dementia

Key Terms

When learning about the essentials of caring for clients, it is essential to first look at the terminology to ensure that you understand everything clearly. These terms will be used throughout this chapter, so it is important to take the time to master them and practice your recall often.

  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Hand-under-hand technique

Whenever these terms are first introduced in this chapter, they are bolded. However, if you need additional information about a term than what is provided here, you can research it in The Free Dictionary: Medical Dictionary.


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