Complex and challenging behaviours

Challenging complex behaviours are a common problem for those living with dementia.

Complex behaviours can lower quality of life, increase caregiver stress and add to the risk of being admitted to hospital.

At Loxley Court we utilise an effective multidisciplinary team comprising GPs, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and occupational therapists to deliver clinical services in a calm and therapeutic environment personalised to all our ladies and gentlemen.

Challenging behaviour

Loxley Court’s experienced team are highly skilled at monitoring and evaluating challenging behaviours to establish triggers and address them appropriately.

Our experienced care team prefers non-pharmacological and non-physical methods to de-escalate instances involving challenging behaviour, ultimately leading to reduced issues and an improved quality of life.

For the ladies and gentlemen, we care for, one or more of the following are often symptoms of challenging behaviour:

  • Repetitive talking or shouting
  • Throwing objects
  • Wandering about
  • Biting
  • Attempting to destroy things
  • Aggravated and angry moods

Aggressive behaviour

It’s common for a person with dementia or complex needs to be aggressive, which may be what you or your loved one is struggling with the most. The consequences can be difficult for everyone involved to handle and lead to feelings of guilt, isolation and distress.

It’s important to note aggression may be the result of changes to the brain or general health, such as physical pain. It can also emerge from environmental factors such as social interactions, and in some cases communication issues.

A number of conditions can cause aggressive behaviour for the ladies and gentlemen we support, such as:

  • Psychological issues including anxiety, depression, confusion and memory loss
  • Dementia
  • Mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar
  • Neurodegenerative conditions including Lewy-body, Korsakoff syndrome and acquired brain injury