A Coordinated Approach to Reduce Responsive Behaviours in People with Dementia

Senior Woman Sitting In Chair And Talking With Nurse In Retirement Home

Award Date: 2017

Project Lead(s): Sheelagh Willett, Nurse Practitioner

Project Title: Comprehensive Geriatric Management of LTC Residents w/ BPSD

What is the issue?

Three out of every five long-term care residents have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Many of these individuals are unable to communicate their needs. Instead, they may express themselves in ways that may lead to injuries, emergency room visits, and increased stress for their families and care workers.

What did we do?

We created the NeuroBehavioural Program, a new approach to delivering care for seniors with dementia who react with personal expressions. Our objective was to see if it could improve residents’ lives and help them access specialized services. Our specialized team of experts worked together to improve processes and look for better ways to use resources. We identified residents with complex needs who would benefit the most from this program.

What did we find?

Throughout the study, no residents were admitted to hospital or to short-stay units. All participants received care at home.