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One of the biggest demands facing nurses and support staff who work in care homes are the challenging behaviours that residents display every day. It is most commonly caused by people coping with dementia due to damaged brain cells, which leads to cognitive impairment, behavioural and psychological problems. These symptoms can result in physical, emotional or environmental adverse effects on both residents and carers alike.
Challenging behaviours often suggest that the resident is trying to articulate a feeling or need as dementia compromises a person’s ability to communicate. Because of this, these patients’ care requirements are often unmet.
So instead of questioning how can we manage challenging behaviours, question how we can help people with dementia meet their unfilled needs.
Once the cause of the behaviour has been identified it is then necessary to determine why it is occurring. The most common reasons are:
To help you manage challenging behaviours, Search Medical has provided seven useful tips recommended by experienced professionals to follow.
1. CHANGE YOUR POINT OF VIEW
2. KNOW THE PERSON
4. ACCOMMODATE, DON’T CONTROL
5. CREATE A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT
6. SUPPORT STRENGTHS AND ABILITIES
7. IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATION
By Chris Pritchard