This topic enables students from diverse professional backgrounds to consider the care of people with dementia who exhibit behaviours of concern. A broad range of factors contributing to behaviours of concern in people with dementia are examined including brain impairment, personality, the built environment and care approach. Students will address the process of exploring individual behaviours and creative responses with a non-pharmacological approach underpinned by person-centred care in the creation of dementia friendly physical and social environments.
This topic focuses on contemporary best practice principles in recognising and addressing behaviours of concern. Students will broaden their knowledge of non-pharmacological approaches to addressing such behaviours, consider the significance of personhood to best practice in dementia care and examine ways in which the built environment, organisational structures and philosophy of care can facilitate enriched environments that meet the needs of people with dementia.