Complex and challenging behaviours

Residential and nursing placements for working age and older adults

Complex behaviour that may be challenging is a widespread issue for people with dementia. It can reduce quality of life, increase caregiver stress, and increase the risk of institutionalisation and admission to hospital.

At Bridge, Burton and Trent Court, our experts including our Psychologist are highly experienced at observing and assessing challenging behaviours and seek to establish the causes and triggers of the behaviour.

Our knowledgeable care team favours using non-pharmacological and non-physical methods to de-escalate situations. Our practices lead to a reduction in challenging behaviour and help to improve quality of life.

Challenging behaviour

In the context of the people we support, challenging behaviour usually includes one or a combination of:

  • Repetitive talking or shouting
  • Throwing things
  • Wandering around
  • Biting
  • Trying to destroy objects
  • Agitation and general anger

The terms ‘challenging’ or ‘complex’ behaviour describe any actions by the person that are deemed to be distressing or disruptive to themselves or others.

Aggressive behaviour

Aggression can be prevalent in a person living with dementia and complex needs. It may be one of the behaviours that you or your loved one is struggling with or most affected by. It can be challenging for all involved and lead to feelings of guilt, isolation and emotional distress.

Why is the person aggressive?

Aggression may be a direct result of changes to the brain, or be caused by a general health problem such as physical pain. The behaviour can also stem from problems related to frustration, environmental factors or social interactions. In some cases, it can be about communication issues. Aggression can be shown physically or by verbal abuse.

The people we support have needs that may stem from several conditions, including:

  • Psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression, confusion and memory loss
  • Dementia
  • Mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder which may have stabilised due to treatment and ageing
  • Neurodegenerative conditions including Lewy-body, Korsakoff syndrome and acquired brain injury.

We have access to a specialist multidisciplinary team delivering clinical services within a calm and relaxed environment.

  • GP
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Chiropody
  • Optometry
  • Specialist nursing team.

This is provided within a therapeutic environment that is personal to everyone.

To talk with our Registered Manager or Deputy Manager about our services please telephone 01283 512915 or use our contact form.