HELP! stroke victim can't communicate whats a simple no or small cost way to help?
I work at an assisted living facility and there is the sweetest man who lives there. I really want to know what this man is trying to say to us, it is a guessing game with him, he tries to gesture. I try asking yes and no questions but i can see its very frustrating for him. me as well.
It makes me sad that he has to live like that. I am pretty sure he is almost all there, maybe the very very first stages of dementia or alzhiemers but he is a very sweet man and I really want to help him.
He has a packet with a few words but not all the words he wants to say. I could add words but I dont think he likes the packet thing.
I know those prompt cards cost only 80 bucks but i am not sure if I want those too many for him to keep track of and sort through.
Has any one tried just a paper with all the letters of the alphabet and had the person spell out what they need to say? does that work???
I know there are others out there who are wondering this same thing. Thanks for any info
Note from Anna:
There are a number of products that can help. Here are a couple of suggestions.
What you are looking for is called augmentative communication devices
. These range in price from about $20. to $300, depending on how many speech options are available. They are simple to use, flexible and durable.
There are also very low tech solutions, like large pre-printed communication card sets
. These are very convenient as it is all pre-made for you.
Another solution is to create your own images, from your own photos, as well as from pre-designed images. You can do that with the Go Talk Overlay software
, which will allow you to print the sheet with the communication images for the Go Talk devices, or just use as printed forms for convenience.
Any one of these solutions will make a huge difference in your day-to-day lives.
The choice really depends on the degree of technology and convenience you are looking for, as well as cost.