This Guide is for family carers providing care for a person with dementia. It includes practical information about how to deal with the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). The evidence supporting the content of this document is included as Appendix 8 of the unabridged Guide to Good Practice. An electronic version with all appendices is accessible via the DCRC website www.dementiaresearch.org.au. To access: select the large 'project search' button on the right hand panel, and in the 'project title/description' section search for 'BPSD'.
Each module of this family carer Guide relates to a specific behaviour or psychological symptom and includes:
* A description of the behaviour or psychological symptom and what it looks like in dementia
* Potential causes and when it is most likely to occur
* How it affects the person with dementia and others
* What can be done to help manage it
* An example of a family's experience with BPSD
Additional considerations may be necessary for those with dementia from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD communities. Examples are included as family carer scenarios within the module.
As a family carer, you will likely know the person behind the dementia better than the health professionals involved. As such, your contribution to managing BPSD and improving the quality of life of the person with dementia is invaluable.