A Guide for Family Carers

Dealing with Behaviours in People with Dementia

A Guide for Family Carers is a ‘travel size’ adapted summary of the original DBMAS Behaviour Management Guide to Good Practice.

This Guide is for family carers supporting a person with dementia. It includes practical information about how to deal with behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia (BPSD)*. An electronic version is accessible via the DCRC website: www.dementiaresearch.org.au.

This resource is free. Hard copies of the Guide for Family Carers are available from the BPSD team pending availability. Email: Kim Burns via  or download as a pdf on the links below.

*The abbreviation ‘BPSD’ is used respectfully as a short hand label for communication between professionals supporting persons with dementia. For more information about consumer preferences on terminology, please consult the Dementia Language Guidelines produced by Dementia Australia.

Resources to support the management of behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia (BPSD):

Care4Dementia App

This App was developed to provide information and support for carers in their role of caring for persons with behavioural changes that can occur in dementia. Information on what these behaviours look like, why they might be happening and what you can do to help is included for those most commonly reported by carers. Understanding why behavioural changes are occurring can help to manage the behaviour.

A Guide for Family Carers

A Guide for Family Carers is a ‘travel size’ adapted summary of the original DBMAS Behaviour Management Guide to Good Practice. This Guide is for family carers supporting a person with dementia. It includes practical information about how to deal with behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia (BPSD)*

LGBTI Fact Sheets

There is a need for greater, targeted support for LGBTI people with dementia from all care contexts, requiring service providers to be better informed in the additional considerations relevant to the management of BPSD in this group.

Webinar: Understanding Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia and Antipsychotic Medications

How to understand, prevent, and remedy Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). This video is a webinar originally recorded for the HALT project as part of an accredited educational activity for GPs.

Recorded June 2016

Presenter: Professor Henry Brodaty

Running Time: 90 minutes

Authors: Kim Burns, Prof. Henry Brodaty AO, Dr Ranmalie Jayasinha

Partners: Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS)

Background:

In 2013-14 the BPSD Guide project team developed a suite of resources based on the document: Behaviour Management – A Guide to Good Practice: Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).

For Clinicians

  • A Clinician’s Field Guide to Good Practice: Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (K Burns, R Jayasinha, H Brodaty)

This ‘travel size’ summary version of the original BPSD Guide was designed to provide ready access to initial points for consideration. The aim of the document is to assist clinicians in residential aged care facilities, community care and acute care settings in their role of caring for persons with dementia, who present with BPSD.

The Clinician’s Field Guide incorporates a set of modules, each of which begins with key messages. Module one provides a guiding framework for the process of managing BPSD. Subsequent modules include a description of the BPSD, potential causes, differential diagnosis, measurement, prevalence, effects on the person with dementia and others, management strategies (psychosocial, environmental and biological interventions), conclusions, recommendations and limitations of the evidence presented. A brief clinical scenario encompassing BPSD presentation, assessment and strategies/outcomes is also provided. Distribution of hard copies to service providers throughout Australia is currently underway.

  • The BPSD Guide electronic Application (App) for clinicians (K Burns, R Jayasinha, H Brodaty)
This condensed, electronic version of the BPSD Guide content has been developed for ipad, iphone and Android devices. The BPSD Guide App was designed to provide quick prompts to summary information which may assist clinicians in their role of managing BPSD, in situations where it is appropriate to access electronic hand held devices. See below for links to download the App.

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