The way others perceive and manage the changes in day-to-day behaviour in dementia can influence the person and their families or the care staffs quality of life. 'Behaviours that challenge’ are often expressions of distress. Professional staff often manage this distress with drugs which are known to have harmful side effects and often do not work. Guidelines suggest that psychological treatments should be tried as the first-line strategy and that drugs should be used as an adjunct when appropriate.
A Cochrane review of functional analysis for the management of challenging behaviour in dementia highlighted a gap in the knowledge base of this important approach to supporting people with dementia and their carers.
This eLearning course offers excellent evidence based training material for staff and managers who wish to learn to improve the care provided to people with dementia who they find difficult to understand and care for.