|Research Centre||DCRC Assessment and Better Care|
|Partner Institution||The Australian Government as represented by the Department of Social Services (DSS); Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services (DBMAS)|
This project is part of the BPSD Guide - Development, Dissemination and Evaluation program. The Guide is part of the suite of resources, including apps and companion guides, which can be accessed on the Program Resource Page
Background to this project
In 2013-14 the BPSD Guide project team developed a suite of resources based on the document: Behaviour Management – A Guide to Good Practice: Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).
This ‘travel size’ summary version of the original BPSD Guide was designed to provide ready access to initial points for consideration. The aim of the document is to assist clinicians in residential aged care facilities, community care and acute care settings in their role of caring for persons with dementia, who present with BPSD.
The Clinician’s Field Guide incorporates a set of modules, each of which begins with key messages. Module one provides a guiding framework for the process of managing BPSD. Subsequent modules include a description of the BPSD, potential causes, differential diagnosis, measurement, prevalence, effects on the person with dementia and others, management strategies (psychosocial, environmental and biological interventions), conclusions, recommendations and limitations of the evidence presented. A brief clinical scenario encompassing BPSD presentation, assessment and strategies/outcomes is also provided. Distribution of hard copies to service providers throughout Australia is currently underway.
This condensed, electronic version of the BPSD Guide content has been developed for ipad, iphone and Android devices. The BPSD Guide App was designed to provide quick prompts to summary information which may assist clinicians in their role of managing BPSD, in situations where it is appropriate to access electronic hand held devices. See below for links to download the App.
For Family Carers
This ‘travel size’ adapted version of the original BPSD Guide was designed to provide ready access to information which may assist family carers providing care for a person with dementia. It includes strategies and practical information about how to deal with the BPSD which can occur throughout the course of dementia. Each module relates to a specific behaviour or psychological symptom and includes a description, potential causes, effect on the person with dementia and others, what can be done to help manage it and an example of a family’s experience with BPSD.
Additional considerations for those with dementia from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD communities are included as example family carer scenarios within the modules. Hard copies are available in the context of professional consultation with DBMAS and similar services throughout Australia.