Bridget Townsend is an Activity co-ordinator and Arts in health practice practitioner in Dorset. Here, she talks about an inspiring and compassionate technique for communication between a care home resident with dementia and her husband.
“We use a range of different apps to help residents stay in touch with their loved ones. A new resident video chatted today with a man who is her husband. She didn’t recognise him and it was heartbreaking.
She would not speak to him; to resolve the lack of communication and to allow him to see she was ok I put the app to one side so he could see and hear us, and I had a conversation with her asking her what she would say to her husband if she were to see him. Dementia is cruel, this lockdown is cruel, but we can find creative ways to bring some connection between family members.
He heard her say that she loves and misses him and I hope that gave him some comfort.”