Empowering occupational therapy practitioners with a playbook of functional tasks to use with their geriatric clients

Managing Challenging Behaviors

Managing Challenging Behaviors

Managing challenging behaviors is one of the things that I hear caregivers requesting help with often. These behaviors can include wandering, pacing, attempts to elope, acting in a physically or verbally aggressive manner, becoming easily frustrated, engaging in repetitive behaviors, and so on. Because of this, I’ve been working this semester to create a class for caregivers. The goal of the course is to give caregivers tools to help manage challenging resident behaviors.

Often, people with cognitive impairment have difficulty communicating their needs. Sometimes these needs are physical, like pain, hunger, being tired, or needing to use the bathroom. Other times, these needs are psychological. Sometimes these unmet needs are obvious, but other times we have to be detectives to find them.

I developed the course around 4 “C’s”, or basic psychological needs. I’ve found, during my career as an occupational therapists, that proactively working to meet these needs can reduce behaviors. Unfortunately, sometimes when we are stressed, tired, or busy, we don’t always spend time looking for these needs and ways to meet them.

I’ve created the course content and I’m getting it ready for delivery in an online format. In the meantime, I created this infographic and couldn’t wait to share it.

Give these tips for managing challenging behaviors a chance and let me know how they go!

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