We find the best start is to approach your relative or friend with a SMILE.
• Introduce yourself if necessary.
• Talk about ideas, menus or activities that are going on – the surroundings, gardens and people.
• Look at photos and photo albums with scenes and people from the past.
• Read interesting small items from newspapers or magazines.
• Sometimes its nice to just sit and have some quiet time together.
• Walk in the gardens or sit and enjoy the sunshine.
• Hold their hand or give them a hug. Saying “I would like a hug” gives your relative/friend the choice to hug you.
• Take another person with you. You can talk together and your relative/friend can listen and join in as they wish.
• Get to know the staff and other residents.
• Please take care when entering or leaving a safe dementia unit. These doors are secure to keep the residents who live there safe.
• You may not be recognised.
• Your last visit may not be remembered.
• You may not get a response to your conversation.
• The person may not be in the mood to socialise.
• Your visit may be forgotten after you have gone but happy feelings will remain with your relative/friend.
• The length of your stay is not important – short visits are fine.
• Your relative/friend loves to see you.
• Life is better when everyone smiles.
Nice treats you can bring:
• Small but delicious food such as, chocolates, grapes, fruit (check any dietary needs with staff).
• Magazines, books and pieces of interest.
• Any favourite pieces from home – an ornament, photographs or picture.
• A pet.