Responding to changes in behaviour – enhancing quality of life
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Resources Library

DBMAS produces a variety of resources for information and assistance for health care professionals and family members who are supporting a person living with dementia.

Resources include:

  • Evidence based and comprehensive guides to understand and respond to behaviour,
  • Quick reference guides on a number of different topics, 
  • A range of resources designed for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders living in remote communities; and
  • Resources and guides to psychosocial approaches in dementia care.

For more information please contact DBMAS on 1800 699 799.

Category: all categories
  • All categories
  • Comprehensive Guides: Understand & Respond to Behaviour
  • Quick Reference Guides
  • Resources for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders living in remote communities
  • Resources: Psychosocial Approaches

Comprehensive Guides: Understand & Respond to Behaviour

Clinician’s Field Guide to Good Practice, Managing BPSD - 2 MB

An abbreviated version of the Guide to Good Practice. Ideal for clinicians who need ready access to evidence based information about a range of changes in behaviour.

Guide for Family Carers, Dealing with Behaviours in People with Dementia - 1 MB

Based on the Clinician's Field Guide but written specially for family carers who are seeking a more in-depth understanding of behavioural and psychological changes.

Behaviour Management: A Guide to Good Practice - 5 MB

A comprehensive guide with very detailed information about different types of behavioural expressions.

ReBOC Guide 2012 - 3 MB

The Reducing Behaviours of Concern (ReBOC) guide promotes evidence based practice in dementia care to maximise the quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers.


Quick Reference Guides

Psychosocial approaches: Validation - 302 KB

This brief guide can serve as a reminder for how to use validation or reflective listening approaches in four different scenarios.

Responding to Inappropriate Toileting - 376 KB

This quick reference guide contains a range of suggestions to help you support a person who is having difficulty using and/or finding the toilet.

Responding to Medication Management Issues - 431 KB

Provides practical strategies to try and others to avoid when responding to common medication difficulties.

Responding to Exit Seeking & Leaving a Safe Area - 333 KB

Contains strategies to assist you in caring for a person who may be at risk of leaving a safe area and becoming lost.

Delirium Screen - 1 MB

Quick Reference Guide: Delirium Screen.

12 top tips: Caring for a person with dementia - 235 KB

A quick reference summary of 12 key points to support a person with dementia with changes in behaviour.


Resources for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders living in remote communities

Wandering - 5 MB

A4 Poster on responding to wandering behaviour in a person living with dementia. For A3 colour copies of the 11 posters in this range please contact Kim Burns via email: k.burns@unsw.edu.au.

Socially inappropriate behaviour - 6 MB

A4 Poster on supporting a person with changes in social behaviour.

Sleep problems - 4 MB

A4 Poster on helping a person who is experiencing problems with their sleep and dementia.

Resistance to care - 4 MB

A4 Poster about understanding and responding to a person who refuses care.

Depression in dementia - 3 MB

A4 poster on understanding and responding to depression in a person who is living with dementia.

Delusions & hallucinations in dementia - 4 MB

A4 poster on understanding and responding to a person who is experiencing delusions and hallucinations.

Calling out & dementia - 4 MB

A4 poster on understanding and responding to calling out.

Apathy in dementia - 3 MB

A4 poster on understanding and responding to apathy.

Anxiety in dementia - 4 MB

A4 poster on understanding and responding to anxiety.

Agitation in dementia - 5 MB

A4 poster on understanding and responding to agitation.

Aggression in dementia - 7 MB

A4 poster on understanding and responding to aggression.

Activity Guidelines for Indigenous Australians - 2 MB

Activity guidelines for health professionals working with Indigenous Australians with dementia in rural and remote Australia.

12 top tips: Working with people with dementia for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander carers - 139 KB

A quick reference summary of 12 key points to work with people with dementia for remote Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander carers.

Things to do: Activity ideas for carers - 3 MB

Resource that outlines activities ideas to use with people living with dementia from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. Aims to improve quality of life and reduce the impact of behaviour.


Resources: Psychosocial Approaches

Responding with Psychosocial Approaches: Delusions & Hallucinations - 767 KB

This resource aims to provide you with an understanding of the potential causes of delusions and hallucinations and how the person with dementia can be supported. Each scenario in this guide shows a way of responding to the person in a way that validates emotions, and when appropriate, provides a valued re-direction so the person can focus on something which alleviates distress and worry.

Using Apps to Create Engagement & Enjoyment - 835 KB

This guide describes a way to explore the potential benefits of apps and the use of a tablet device to create engagement and enjoyment with, and for, a person living with dementia. A tablet device can provide easy access to play games, reminisce, listen to music or be artistic. It can be used to assist relaxation; and assist family carers and health professionals to respond to a person with behavioural and psychological changes.

Child Representative Therapy in Dementia Care - 637 KB

Guidelines on introducing Child Representative Therapy in Dementia Care.

Animal Assisted Therapy in Dementia Care - 1 MB

Guidelines for introducing Animal Assisted Therapy in Dementia Care; including Animal Assisted Activity and Simulated and Robotic Pets for Therapy.

Gardens that Care - 3 MB

Gardens and outdoor environments offer rich possibilities for engagement, enjoyment, peace and tranquility. Well designed outdoor spaces can be a key component to support well-being for people living with dementia, family and careworkers. Learn more in this highly visual resource.

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