HOW TO CREATE A SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE DEMENTIA
Creating a sense of achievement in someone who has dementia boosts their overall wellbeing and can make activities much more enjoyable for everyone.
The main aim is not the result of the activity itself but the interaction and overall happiness of the person involved.
Here are some helpful tips we found in the Dementia: Care & Support issue sent to us this month. They are so accurate and informative, we couldn’t help but to share!
- Adapt your pace – Patience and slow rhythm will allow the possibility for the Person to successfully perform the task whilst remaining calm
- Only offer the necessary support – Adapt your activities to the capabilities of those participating in order to avoid overwhelming or inadequately challenging them. Participation and success is almost guaranteed!
- Use Non-verbal communication – People with dementia often retain the ability to mimic and, as a result, may tailor their body language to be in line with yours. Support your verbal communication with gestures and facial expression, making it easier for them to follow you.
- Use familiar skills – It may be possible that your loved one has lost the ability to learn something new, so adapt their daily routine to use the skills they already have. For example, washing dishes by hand rather than loading a dishwasher.
- Correct the person as little as possible – To create a sense of achievement you should only point errors out if absolutely necessary. Offer assistance, but let them express their independence and creativity. There are many different ways to accomplish a task – all that matters is they enjoy what they are doing.
- Motivate by encouraging participation – Adapt each day-to-day activity to the individual. Encourage participation but don’t force them. It may be, for example a former housewife no longer wants to cook and if that’s the case – simply come up with another idea for an activity she will enjoy. Remember watching can also count as an activity.
- Provide Meaningful Activities – The daily activities on offer should be meaningful to them. Even if someone with Dementia takes pleasure from folding the same laundry, it’s a meaningful activity.
“Remember it’s not the result that counts but the Person’s wellbeing”