Behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia (BPSD) are associated with distress for the person with dementia and those caring for them. Many of the medications used to treat BPSD have been shown to have adverse side effects. Therefore it is essential that staff understand how distressed behaviour in dementia is a communication of a person’s ‘unmet need’ influenced by physical, psychological, environmental, and biographical factors. A behaviour support plan can then be developed that prioritises using psychosocial approaches to meet the person’s needs.
This one-day course will provide staff working on acute wards or in other physical health settings with the essential knowledge and practical skills to use this approach. The course will include current NICE guidance on the appropriate use of medication for BPSD and the use of other medicines (anticholinergic drugs) that are associated with risks when prescribed for older adults.
The following topics will be discussed throghout the course:
- Definitions of distressed behaviour and behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
- The stepped care approach for assessment and treatment of BPSD
- Conditions and medications that can cause BPSD
- Other influences on BPSD
- The unmet needs model of BPSD
- Communication approaches for BPSD
- Other psychosocial interventions
- Evidence for medication use in BPSD and the associated adverse effects