If you have Younger Onset Dementia, or are supporting someone who is living with it, you may have experienced the emotional and behavioural changes it can cause. Changed behaviours are common in people living with Younger Onset Dementia but skilled support can be hugely beneficial for the person in trying to adapt to these changes.
Behaviour changes can vary depending on the individual person and also on the type of dementia they have. For example, behaviour changes are particularly common in Fronto Temporal Dementia – behaviour variant (FTDbv). These types of behaviour changes can include aggression, compulsive behaviour, disinhibition and inappropriate social behaviour, and apathy. These behavioural and emotional changes can be caused by the changes in the areas of the brain that have been affected by dementia. They can also be triggered, or exacerbated by, difficulties with communication, the living environment or unmet needs.
Reducing and managing any behavioural or psychological changes that you experience can be a goal of your NDIS Plan. Allied Health Professionals can suggest a range of preventative and responsive strategies, with an emphasis on de-escalation strategies. At Adapt Lifestyle Support, our Social Work Therapists are highly trained and experienced in this area. We have built long relationships over several years with our NDIS participants living with dementia on the Sunshine Coast, supporting them and their families through the changes they experience. You may be eligible for this support from us via the Capacity Building – Improved Daily Living Funds in your NDIS Plan.
Specialist Behaviour Intervention Support
And Behaviour Management Plans and Training.
Carers of people with Younger Onset Dementia find behavioural changes particularly stressful and describe how behaviour changes can impact on family and other relationships. NDIS recognises that sometimes, the level of the behaviour changes and their impacts, can require Specialist Behaviour Intervention Support and a formal Behaviour Management Plan. This includes a through assessment and analysis of the changed behaviours and an agreed written Behaviour Management Plan to support the person and ensure their safety. The Behaviour Management Plan is provided with any training in behaviour management strategies that the family members may need to implement it. You may be eligible for this type of support if you have, Capacity Building – Improved Relationships funding in you NDIS Plan.
These Specialist Behaviour Intervention Support services can only be provided by an approved NDIS Registered Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner. David Mack is a registered Behaviour Support Practitioner and has been assessed and approved by the NDIS Commission as having the knowledge and skills required. This included independent auditors reviewing our participant’s behaviour support plans and interviewing them and their families about how we work together with them.
If you don’t have Behaviour Support as a stated item in your NDIS Plan, but think you would benefit from this support, you will need to request this in a review of your NDIS Plan. If you have a Support Coordinator they can help. David can also assist you with this application for Behaviour Support, including supplying his reports and assessments as supporting evidence.