Alzheimer's Habilitation Understanding and Responding

 

Module 8:
Behavior as Communication: Understanding and Responding

Section A

What if you saw this?

What if this was the reason?

What You’ll Learn

Recognize behavior as communication

Recognize the behavior of a person with dementia is not random and has
a cause

Identify an internal and external trigger

Recognize that the Habilitation domains provide us solutions to challenging behaviors

Common
Challenging Behaviors

Rummaging or searching

Hiding or losing things

Pacing or wandering

Repeated questions

 

Triggers

INTERNAL: Something happening
in the mind or body of the person:

He is hungry

She has a headache

EXTERNAL: Something that is
happening around them or to them

Room is too hot

Nothing to do

She is being pulled

 

Habilitation Therapy

When does a behavior challenge become a “problem behavior”?

What did we
talk about today?

Let’s review…

 

Triggers

INTERNAL: Something happening
in the mind or body of the person:

He is hungry

She has a headache

EXTERNAL: Something that is
happening around them or to them

Room is too hot

Nothing to do

She is being pulled

Habilitation Helps Us
Find Solutions

We can find answers to challenging behaviors through the other domains of Habilitation:

Should we change our communication?

Should we make a change in their environment ?

Should we change our approach to personal care?

Should we offer more activity and purposeful engagement?