The Dementia Communication Difficulties Scale

During a research project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in 2007, Joan Murphy and Cindy Gray developed the Dementia Communication Difficulties Scale (DCDS) to help identify the communication difficulties that a person with dementia might be having and therefore help carers and staff to understand these difficulties and therefore support the person with dementia. […]

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How can you help someone express how they feel about their communication using the health and well-being resource?

In the Health and Well-being resource, we have provided four sets of symbols to help people consider how they feel about their communication. Because communication is  complex and often abstract, it can be particularly difficult for people to express their views about it, especially if they have existing communication difficulties. To make this easier, we […]

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How can Talking Mats be used to help someone identify worries about their health?

Within the Health and Well-being resource there are four symbol sets (health, looking after yourself, communication and leisure & environment). Within the ‘health’ set, there are three topics which can be used to help people express their views about different aspects of their health: • Health • Coping • Mobility I worked with Pete who […]

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Using the ‘looking after yourself’ symbol sets

When people have been in hospital for a period of time, for whatever reason, consideration needs to be given to discharge planning. There are often concerns about what a person may manage to do independently when they get home, and this often has an impact on where people are discharged to and what type of […]

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Where’s the best place to start with the Health and Well-being resource?

In a previous Blog, Joan talked about the four purposes of communication (Light 1988): 1. Expression of needs and wants 2. Information transfer 3. Social closeness 4. Social etiquette Social closeness can often be overlooked when we support people with communication difficulties, as there can be a temptation to focus on what some see as […]

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