Assessment

Behavioural and Psychological Symptom Dementia

What is Behavioural and Psychological Symptom Dementia?

Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia frequently occur in patients with dementia. It is a very well recognised potential complication throughout the course of dementia. These are very distressing symptoms to the patients, family members and also the health care providers in nursing homes. These symptoms have a significant effect on care provision because of their unpredictability and aggression towards others. At HOPE Mediclinic we understand and recognise this very difficult issue. So we focus on developing a mutually agreed plan by working with family members, cares, general practitioners and care providing nursing home staff. This plan is based on the principle to trial non pharmacological measures and using medication as the last resort.  

Signs to look out for:

  • Aggression
  • Agitation
  • Wandering
  • Social and sexual inappropriate behaviour
  • Verbal outbursts
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety

Treatment options:

The characteristics of the behaviour or symptoms together with the frequency, severity and impact on the patient and caregiver must be identified before we can tailor a treatment plan, which will likely involve medications and non-medication interventions.