Innovations in Service Delivery for Institutional Care in Practically Managing Responsive Behaviours

Rapid Review 21

Saragosa M., Peckham A., Poole M., King M., Bhatia D., Allin S., & Marchildon G.

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As of 2016, an estimated 564,000 Canadians were living with dementia; this number is expected to rise along with the country’s aging population. Difficulties completing the activities of daily life mean that many with dementia live in long-term care (LTC) facilities, where they sometimes exhibit “response behaviours” – agitation, aggression, and disturbances in mood, perception, and behaviour. Unfortunately, these behaviours can also include violence directed toward themselves and others. Previous attempts to mitigate responsive behaviours have included the use of antipsychotic drugs, however in recent years there has been a strong move towards non-pharmacological approaches. This rapid review surveys and assesses emerging trends in non-pharmacological approaches to reducing responsive behaviours among people living with dementia in LTC settings.