Complex and challenging behaviours
Challenging and complex behaviours are often a problem associated with dementia.
These difficult 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 GPs, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and occupational therapists work holistically with our ladies and gentlemen, delivering clinical services to help keep them calm and safe in our environment.
Our team are proficient and experienced in monitoring and evaluating challenging 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 challenging 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
- Wandering around
- Trying to destroy objects
- Angry and aggravated moods
For those diagnosed with dementia or complex needs, it can be common to display aggressive behaviour, which 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 aggression 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
- Mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar
- Neurodegenerative conditions including Lewy-body, Korsakoff syndrome and acquired brain injury