When people with dementia exhibit challenging behaviours, whether in their own home, a care home or hospital, they may very often be prescribed antipsychotic drugs which can then have an adverse effect on the physical health of people with dementia.
Good practice recommendations, such as the NICE dementia guidelines, recommend psychosocial interventions as the first line approach and emphasise the importance of assessing medical conditions and pain, which often underpin the development of these symptoms.
The value of not rushing into treatment is also important, as many people with challenging behaviours will experience significant improvement or resolution of symptoms over a 4–6 week period.
- Torfaen medication prompting serviceCrossroads Care South East Wales - Medication Prompting provide trained carer support workers to help people with dementia to take their medication.Ty Siriol County Hospital, Coed Y Gric Road, Griffithstown, Pontypool, Torfaen, NP4 5YA01495 769996https://www.carers.org
- Aneurin Bevan University Health BoardAneurin Bevan University Health Board covers the areas of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen and South Powys. It serves an estimated population of over 639,000, approximately 21% of the total Welsh population.St Cadoc's Hospital, Lodge Road, Caerleon, Newport, Wales, NP18 3XQ01873 firstname.lastname@example.org://www.aneurinbevanhb.wales.nhs.uk/