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Communication When Your Family Member is Confused

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Posted July 15, 2013

 

  • If Mom says, “I’m waiting for Dad to pick me up,” and Dad is deceased, say: “Tell me again about how you and Dad first met.”

  • If Dad says, “We just sold the car last week, but it’s been five years,” say: “I hope the new owner still loves the car as much as we did.”

  • Don’t say, “We took Charlie the dog to the vet today for his shots and annual check-up,” say “Charlie saw the dog doctor. He’s feeling great!”

  • Say: “Good morning! It’s time for breakfast,” instead of “It’s 7 a.m. Get up.”

  •  “Let’s brush your teeth Dad, with the toothbrush.” If he is confused, say: “Your toothbrush is in the cup next to the sink.” If he is still confused say, “Let’s brush together.” (Hold the brush up to your mouth and make the brushing motion.)

  • If mom is confused about the task folding towels say, “I’m sorry, mom. I shouldn’t have asked you to fold the towels when I knew you were tired.”

  • “Dad, it’s time for your usual cup of tea before bed.”

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