Communication DifficultiesCommunication Difficulties Services Provided By HRS
Communication comes in different forms, including verbal (spoken), written word, lip reading, sign language and even body language. The person you’re caring for may develop communication issues as a result of a physical condition, such as hearing difficulties or visual impairment, or as a result of a condition affecting the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease or stroke.
These communication problems may come on gradually or could happen overnight, leaving you unprepared and unsure how best to communicate with the person you’re caring for.
If a person’s hearing or sight is impaired, body language and tone of voice will become more important. They may also need to learn new skills so they can communicate, such as sign language or lip reading.
If a condition or impairment develops suddenly, you’ll need to re-evaluate your methods of communication with that person.
It might feel strange at first, but you might need to consider your tone of voice, how quickly you speak, and how you use body language and gestures to emphasize what you are saying. It’s a good idea to express this to the person you care for and find out what helps them or makes your communication clearer.
Someone who has a physical or mental illness or disability may be affected by your own and other people’s reactions to their condition. This could have an impact on their ability to communicate.