According to research conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), aphasia, or speech loss, affects at least one million people in the United States. People who are suffering from speech loss need a great deal of support and patience from their caretakers and loved ones. Here at South Coast Post Acute, we want to share with you recommendations to keep in mind when it comes to taking care of someone who has been diagnosed with aphasia.
Speak Slowly and Clearly: When it comes to communicating to someone with speech loss, it may be difficult for them to understand you. Speaking too fast or too low can make them confused. Make sure you speak slowly and clearly in order to accurately communicate with your loved one.
Patiently Listen: The person suffering from speech loss will have a harder time expressing themselves than before. While it may be frustrating and you may be trying to help, cutting off or suggesting words can allow for further miscommunication. Instead, be patient with your loved one to understand what they are saying or asking.
Be Open-Minded and Inclusive: Communication does not have to come exclusively through spoken words. It is important to recognize that the person you love may communicate in nonverbal ways now like hand movements and gestures. Be sure to include them in conversations with friends and family, even if they make take more time to converse.
Living with a speech loss is not only difficult for the one effected but for their loved ones as well. South Coast Post Acute is here to support you and your loved ones through this difficult journey. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further recommendations.
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