Positive behaviour support for people with frontotemporal dementia
Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration (Philadelphia, USA)
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Dr Alinka Fisher (lead)
FRONTIER Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney - Dr Sau Cheung, Professor Olivier Piguet
Hammond Care - Dr Claire O’Connor
This research will (1) establish current practices of aged care staff involved in providing behaviour support to people with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and (2) trial a PBS staff mentor and training model designed to enhance the capacity of aged care organisations in addressing behaviour support needs of people with FTD, with a focus on family collaboration. In doing so, this project aims to increase the confidence and skill of support staff and family members in providing behaviour support, improve behavioural outcomes for people with FTD, and reduce behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) and associated costs.
We anticipate these outcomes will ultimately improve behavioural outcomes in FTD and promote successful social interactions and community involvement for people with FTD. This proposal is likely to have a downstream effect on healthcare related costs by reducing the need for specialised behaviour support services or additional staff within accommodation or nursing home placements.
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