Dementia Support Australia (DSA) has released a substantial toolkit of resources to support delivery of Behaviour Support Plans in residential aged care settings – which, as of 1 September 2021, are mandatory for residential aged care providers, whenever a resident is needing behavioural support or when a restrictive practice is imposed or likely to be imposed.
The suite includes a website hub with information and links to a long list of resources, including:
- Behaviour Support Plans: Your Essential Guide
- The When and What of Behaviour Support Plans
- The Behaviour Support Plan Template (when no restrictive practices are used)
- The Behaviour Support Plan Template (where restrictive practices are used)
- DSA Behaviour Frequency Chart
- DSA Behavioural Assessment Form
- Behaviour Support Flowchart
- Behaviour Care Planning Process
- ABCDE Posters
- DSA Lifestyle and social history form
- Brain and Behaviour Factsheet
- DSA Abbey Pain Scale
- The Guide to the Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia
The key resource – the 36-page ‘essential guide’ – sets out in detail the three key steps that are required in offering behaviour support to a person living with dementia who is experiencing changes in their behaviour: (i) identify (ii) assess and (iii) plan, implement and evaluate.
The guide is aimed at all staff involved in delivering care to people living in residential care settings. It includes case studies and explains how to use each of the related DSA Behaviour Support Plan resources (eg the DSA Behaviour Frequency Chart).
All the resources can be found here: https://dementia.com.au/bsp