The federal government has announced the locations and funding round for 12 new specialist dementia care units and the allocation of a further two units to HammondCare.
behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
Brightwater Care has been selected to operate and test a prototype service for the government’s national program to support people with severe responsive behaviours associated with dementia.
The national dementia advisory service is ramping up its engagement with doctors in a bid to reduce the use of psychotropic medications among aged care residents.
A new research partnership between a university and aged care provider will give aged care staff specialised training to reduce behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and improve resident quality of life.
The use of antidepressants in the treatment of depression in people with dementia is ineffective, while those with mild to moderate BPSD should not usually be prescribed antipsychotics due to the increased risk of adverse events, according to new practice guide.
The tendency to look for quick-fix solutions has fuelled the overuse of antipsychotics in dementia care but a shift away from pharmacological interventions in aged care is now underway, according to experts.
Leading Australian expert on dementia welcomes the new specialist mobile teams to help care for residents with severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia but says they need to be backed up by a national network of specialist care units.
Multidisciplinary ‘Severe Behaviour Response Teams’ will provide expert advice to residential aged care facilities that need assistance caring for residents with severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) under a new Federal Government initiative.