To support professional and family carers the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre-Assessment and Better Care (DCRC-ABC) produced Behaviour Management – A Guide to Good Practice: Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia.
Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services to develop the document, the program began in 2011 and included a range of resources based on the content, to support those caring for people living with dementia who present with behavioural and psychological symptoms.
The guide includes additional considerations for those managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia when working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with dementia.
The suite of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia resources, however didn’t include a culturally appropriate resource developed specifically to assist professionals and health workers supporting those in remote Aboriginal communities.
The Dementia Collaborative Research Centre-Assessment and Better Care team has now released a set of 11 posters to assist those supporting Aboriginal people with dementia living in remote communities. It is hoped that the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia posters will help bridge the identified gap.
The posters were designed and developed in collaboration with the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service, Northern Territory (DBMAS NT) as well as other clinicians from Dementia Australia, Aged Care Assessment Teams and the acute sector working in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley.
The posters, include information and strategies to assist with the following commonly presenting behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia: aggression, agitation, anxiety, apathy, calling out, delusions and hallucinations, depression, resistance to care, sleep problems, socially inappropriate behaviours and wandering.
The Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service, Northern Territory produced a set of short animation videos as part of the government funded Reaching Out Project. The project included an Indigenous consultancy group to ensure the videos were culturally appropriate. The behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia videos are available here.
The Dementia Collaborative Research Centre project, to develop the posters, was prompted by clinicians visiting Aboriginal communities in remote areas who wanted a resource that supported their use of the videos and could be left in the community after the visit.
Clinicians have referred to the posters as “talking tools” to assist with communication around dementia and the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia with those living in remote communities.
The posters are available in A3, colour hard copies which can be obtained by request, email Kim Burns for a copy or PDF versions can be downloaded from the resource page on the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres website.