Dysfunctional Behaviour in Aged Care Settings
Dysfunctional behaviour of various forms can present challenges to nurses caring for the aged. In particular, so-called ‘aggressive behaviour’ can present difficulties, especially amongst elderly people who have cognitive impairments, such as those produced by dementia. Issues such as how to define ‘dysfunctional’ and ‘aggressive behaviour’ can have a significant impact on the choice of management options. This chapter explores these issues, but refocuses the argument back to understanding that at the core of all dysfunctional behaviour is the person, and knowing the person is they key to understanding and treating the behaviour.
- Prevalence and definitions
- Documentation and analysis
- Context and management
- Getting to know the person
- Identifying underlying reasons
- Drug and non-drug management