Course Code: REL-PAC-0-CARE112
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2020
Understand your clients' perspectives
Handle challenging behaviors with Alzheimer's and dementia.
Recognize triggers for certain behaviors.
Know the principles for handling behaviors.
Employ intervention strategies for nine common challenging behaviors.
- You’re likely to face behaviors
- Challenging behaviors – Introduction
- Understand losses
- Your clients have experienced a loss
- What do behaviors mean?
- Disruptive behavior categories
- Activity – Behavior categories
- Any client may have behaviors
- Alzheimer’s and behaviors
- Learn more – Flip book #1
- Irreversible Dementias
- Reversible Dementias
- Activity – Types of Dementia
- Two key things you need to remember
- Personalizing approach
- Safeguard client rights
- Learn more – Flip book #2
- Understanding and responding
- Basic principles for behavior challenges
i.Behavior is triggered
ii.Consider their personal situation
iii.What if the person has Alzheimer’s?
iv.Think about how you would respond
v.Where is the behavior coming from?
vi.Learn more – Flip book #3
- Talk to your supervisor
- Don’t take the behavior personally
i.People generally do the best they can
ii.Accept efforts of the person
iii.Some people may be manipulative
iv.Focus on behavior not person
- Remain flexible, patient and calm
i.Be pleasant and respectful
ii.Reassure the person
iii.Importance of reassurance
iv.Learn more – Flip book #4
- Think safety before you act
- Activity – Fill in the blank
- Offer choices not ultimatums
- Offer choices whenever possible
- Allow clients to choose clothing
- Give clients choices about meals and mealtimes
- Allow clients as much freedom of movement as you possibly can
- Be creative
- Marcus’ story
- Honor dignity and client rights
- Additional skills
- Keep your sense of humor
- Interventions for specific behaviors
- Aggressive behavior
- Wandering and exit seeking
- Physically non-aggressive behavior – repetitious behavior
- Bathing resistance
- Sleep disturbance
- Activity – Dealing with challenging behaviors
- Inappropriate sexual behavior
- Repetitive complaining or requests
- Resisting personal care
- Yelling or screaming
- Getting into other people’s things
- Sundowner’s Syndrome
- Up at night
- Create a calming environment
- Video: Caregiver interview
Feel confident in any situation!Instructor:
Sharon K. Brothers, MSW
Sharon Brothers, MSW, has an advanced degree in social work and over 30 years' experience as an owner, operator and educator in senior care. She has been a developer, owner and operator of dementia care assisted living communities and has deep expertise as an educator for all levels of staff within the care profession. Sharon is currently the founder and CEO of the Institute for Professional Care Education and is a national speaker and advocate for quality education within senior care.
Disclosure: Sharon K. Brothers, MSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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