Complex behaviours

Complex behaviours are often a problem associated with

mental health and dementia.

Complex behaviours can add to the risk of being admitted to hospital, lower a person’s quality of life and increase caregiver stress if not managed effectively.

At Belle Vue our multidisciplinary team of nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, behaviour specialists, nutritionists, speech and language specialists and occupational therapists work holistically with our ladies and gentlemen, delivering clinical services to help keep them calm and safe in our environment.

Complex behaviour

Our team are proficient and experienced in monitoring and evaluating complex behaviours, establishing what the triggers are and subsequently putting procedures in place to manage them suitably.

We prefer to use non-physical and non-pharmacological methods to de-escalate episodes of complex behaviour in our ladies and gentlemen, as we feel this helps improve their quality of life and reduces the amount of issues.

Some of the symptoms of challenging behaviour we see are:

  • Shouting or repetitive talking
  • Throwing things
  • Walking with purpose
  • Biting
  • Trying to destroy objects
  • Angry and frustrated moods

Angry and upsetting behaviour

For those diagnosed with mental health disorders, dementia or complex needs, it can be common to display feelings of anger, frustration and to be upset, this kind of behaviour can be very distressing for loved ones to see.

We understand how difficult it can be for everyone involved in these situations and that it can be hard to know how to handle or care for loved ones, which can result in feelings of guilt, stress, and isolation.

Changes in the brain or general health, including physical pain can cause anger and frustration to surface. As well as communication issues and other environmental factors which can also act as triggers.

Medical conditions can cause aggressive behaviour include:

  • Psychological issues including anxiety, depression, confusion and memory loss
  • Dementia
  • Mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar
  • Neurodegenerative conditions including Lewy-body, Korsakoff syndrome and acquired brain injury