Talking through unconsciousness

There is a lot of belief from medical professionals that whether or not your loved one is conscious or unconscious, there is still some type of recollection that you are talking to them. Even people that have been in a coma and come out of the coma have been able to repeat portions or all of certain conversations that a loved one has had with them while still in the coma.
With this awareness, it is important to realize that even while our elders are sleeping longer – especially if they are dying – that we should continue talking to them about how important they are, how much they are loved, and to remind them of specific important memories that you have shared with them throughout their lives. It is important at any time in a person’s life to tell the individual you love just how you feel about them!
One reality everyone should be aware of is that you should talk to the person that you love – you should not talk about them. Identifying yourself helps keep people straight for the elderly individual. If you have a tough time with remembering what you want to say, maybe you would like to write those things down so that you can keep them straight. This works for caregivers, too. You can either write down what you want to say or write what others have said to your client so that you can repeat those things even when they depart (although you may want to ask their permission first!).
The remarkable thing is that sometimes in death there is clarity; the individual that seemed very confused suddenly seems clear-headed. This is especially true with elders that have Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Show them how much you care and believe that With Age Comes Respect by taking advantage of their clear moments. Even though the moments may only be temporary, you will not want to miss out!

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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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One Response to Talking through unconsciousness

  1. Very good post. I cared for my brother’ who has dementia, in my home for several years. I placed him in a nursing home a few months ago. My Mother died with dementia, I have a sister with dementia and another brother. So through all this tragedy I have learned to treat those with dementia with respect and let them keep their dignity. They may not function correctlly, or remember much of their life, but they are still in there.

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