A MSW (Institute of Mental Health)
& Rotary Club of Northam Initiative

Caregiving Guidelines

Managing your Loved One's Illness Effectively

Effective and Constructive Communication Tips

Managing Non-Communication Behaviours

Managing Relapses and Crises

Managing Non-Communicative Behaviours

Below are some helpful hints on managing non-communicative behaviours:
  Behaviour / Symptom What can you do in response
  1. Difficulty in concentrating Speak simply; repeat if you have to.
2. Agitation and/or restlessness Tell him you notice his discomfort and ask if there is anything you can do. Give him personal space to relax.
3. Mood swings Give him space and time to do his own things and make his own decisions.
  4. Preoccupation with his own thoughts Gently get his attention.
  5. Delusional thoughts
    (talking about or wanting to act on them)
Don’t argue with him. Listen and let him express his thoughts. Encourage him to talk to his doctor, psychologist or counsellor.
  6. Social withdrawal Try to initiate conversations. Don’t pressure him.
  7. Expresses fear Stay calm, talk gently to him
  8. Feeling insecure Show concern, love and acceptance.
  9. Low self-esteem Stay positive and supportive.