Communication is a vital part of life. Trying to communicate, either verbally or non-verbally, with others who do not communicate in the same way can create major communication barriers. This can be especially true when it comes to health care interactions. Working to enhance the communication within the health care community, Visually Speaking, A Visual Guide for Non-Verbal Patients is a tool that patients, families, and healthcare professionals can use to help alleviate frustrations and challenges that can occur during day-to-day communications between patient and caretaker. This guide can assist in communicating: how you are feeling, emotionally and physically; what activities you would like to do; what activities of daily living you might need assistance with; what you may be worrying about; expressing what is on your mind; what you might be wondering, what you may be missing, and what type of food or beverage you would like. This guide is specifically designed for health care professionals in hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities who want to provide the best care for a non-verbal patient.
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Evelyn Trimble grew up in Cortland Manor, New York, and lives in Merrimack, New Hampshire with her three children, Jonathan, Kristen, and Jennifer. As a Licensed Nursing Assistant she worked in a Nursing Homes, as well Assisted Living Facilities in New Hampshire. Evelyn also works at a financial firm as a Senior Executive Assistant. Evelyn enjoys helping others and designed this guide to help her friend, Scott, who lost his ability to speak due to a terminal illness. In doing so, she realized that this book could help residents that she worked with in nursing homes that had no method of communicating with the nurses, doctors, and their families. It is her hope that this tool will give people a way of communicating, and make their lives a lot easier while dealing with their illness. She hopes that this book will be offered in all hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities to enable non-speaking patients to communicate with others. Kristen Trimble, daughter of Evelyn, lives in Merrimack, New Hampshire, and currently goes to Boston University to attain her bachelors degree in Nutritional Science. She is on the pre-medicine track with hopes of becoming a family doctor. As a caring daughter, sister, friend, and active community volunteer, Kristen has developed a passion for helping others. By illustrating this book, she hopes to ease communication within the healthcare community and between loving family members by providing patients with clear phrases to help them get across what they would like to say. Inability to speak should not prevent one from basic communication.
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