Effective communication lies at the core of every patient interaction. For RDs and interns in long-term care (LTC) facilities, there are some unique challenges to overcome when communicating with residents. During my time as a student-intern, I learned about these obstacles and saw the unique ways in which they can be overcome.
Factors that affect communication with long-term care residents:
Thankfully, each of these issues can be resolved with the following approaches:
While navigating communication barriers, it is vital that the RD or intern always does so while respecting the resident’s dignity and intelligence. Having a hearing, speech, or memory impairment does not mean a person is of lower intelligence. The RD or intern can show respect by always first assuming that a resident will understand them (and adapting accordingly if they don’t); always addressing the resident directly, until notified that the resident prefers to use a proxy or alternative means of communication; and speaking in a way that is simple, slow, and clear without being patronizing or demeaning.
The time leading up to my initial patient interactions created some anxiety for me. I was nervous about saying the wrong thing, not being able to understand someone or causing confusion or agitation for residents. I quickly found, however, that there was no need for this fear. When an RD or intern approaches each resident interaction with confidence and genuine respect, every barrier can be overcome.
Dementia Mealtime Assessment Tool
The Foodie Dietitian
Soulful and Spirit Filled
Fresh. Practical. Scientific.
My journey and experiences, to help your journey. For the aspiring or accomplished Registered Dietitian.
helping you feel energized with crohn's & ulcerative colitis through nutrition
The Inside Scoop on All Things Lose It!
Powered by ADSA (Association for Dietetics in South Africa)
Research Your Future - Strategic Career Planning for Schools & Colleges
The wolf that wins is the one fed
Thoughts and stories of failures, successes, school and life of a registered nurse
Debunking myths and uncovering the truth on food and nutrition by a Registered Dietitian
All about Health and Fitness
Nutrition consultations from a registered dietitian
A site for practical nutrition information for student dietitians, DTRs and RDNs...featuring guest blogs from students or RDNs who would like to gain writing experience.
Eating healthy no longer means your family has to go broke.