- Check any equipment is clearly named in case it gets misplaced.
- Inform the person in charge of the ward about the aid.
- If an aid is being charged overnight, check who is responsible for it.
What to do if a person is admitted to hospital with a communication aid
Guidance for Healthcare Staff
IIN ANY MEDICAL OR NURSING SETTING YOU MAY COME ACROSS SOMEONE WHOSE SPEECH IS DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND.
There might be times when you wonder whether the person is able to fully understand what you are saying.
This section is about people who have speech, language or communication difficulties due to a condition. This could be MND, MS, brain injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, learning disability, etc. Here are some tips and guidelines to make communication easier – for the person and for you.
People with little or no speech
If the person has no speech, or speech that you find virtually impossible to understand, you might find these techniques helpful:
Ask the person if they have any alternative method to support their speech:
If the person appears to be trying to communicate something to you and you simply don’t understand, then try the following three questions:
Ask the person to use any alternative method to back-up their speech:
Getting started: Communication Without Technology
The Communication Partner
Communication is a two-way process. The “listener”, or communication partner, is as important as the “speaker”. The listener will need to develop a communication system with a person who has a number of disabilities.
Yes & No
Finding out how someone indicates “yes” and “no” might seem really basic, but it is very important.
Ensure Communication Is Possible At All Times
It is important someone who has multiple disabilities has access to their means of communication at all times. Be helpful by keeping their communication method visible – for instance:
Using Objects of Reference
If you are using objects of reference as a way to communicate, think about how a particular object will make sense to the person you are using it with.