Clinical Resources - Dementia

BPSD are prevalent and persistent in LTC. They contribute to cognitive and functional decline, significant suffering, poorer quality of life for the residents and caregivers, and a reciprocal cycle of resident-staff abuse. Informal and formal caregivers are often challenged by these changes in behaviour and mood, which may be misinterpreted as being volitional or intentional. Consequently, they may respond in ways that damage their relationship with the individual with dementia. This manual provides comprehensive resources for both formal and informal caregivers to understand these “challenging” behaviours and promote a therapeutic response. Topics include risk factors, prevention, making the diagnosis, treatment, Quality Improvement, Resident and Family education along with the BPSD toolkit and assessment tools. 508 Pages.

This guide provides a very general overview of the law and suggested practice for health practitioners in dealing with issues of incapacity to consent to treatment, admission to a long term care facility or manage property. It is not a legal opinion nor does it constitute legal advice. It does not include every detail contained in the law or the specific legal provisions that may apply in a particular case. For specific information about the law, please refer to the applicable statutes and consult your lawyer.

BETSI is a comprehensive decision making framework and program inventory intended to strengthen the capacity of planners to choose the most appropriate education programs and effectively support the application of new knowledge into practice. BETSI allows planners and organizations to define local education needs and decide on appropriate behavioural, health and safety education and training programs, thereby ensuring efficient use of their training resources, while notably enabling their teams to provide clients with the right care, at the right time and in the right place.

This chapter of the Introduction to Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD): A Handbook for Family Physicians outlines the general approaches to the management of psychosis in dementia.  16 pages.

This guideline summarizes current recommendations for recognition, diagnosis and longitudinal management of cognitive impairment and dementia in the elderly. 30 Pages.