The document Behaviour Management: A Guide to Good Practice, Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) is a comprehensive overview of evidence and practice-based management principles for BPSD*.
This resource is designed for clinicians with a role in caring for people with dementia in residential aged care facilities (RACFs), community care and acute care settings. The BPSD Guide provides guidance for clinicians supporting family members and carers as well as RACF and community care staff caring for people with dementia who present with BPSD. Additional considerations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and those from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background with dementia are included.
This resource is free. Hard copies of the BPSD Guide are available from the BPSD team pending availability. Please email Kim Burns, or you can download as a pdf (191 pages). The BPSD Guide is supported by a set of eight appendices which are available in electronic format only. See links below.
The DCRC BPSD Guide is complemented by the NSW Health Handbook Assessment and Management of People with Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) which specifically addresses the care of people with dementia and BPSD in emergency departments, inpatient units and community health settings. This resource was developed for NSW Health staff in 2013 and is available here.