Complex behaviours

Complex behaviours are a common problem for those living with mental health disorders and dementia.

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

At Veronica House we utilise an effective multidisciplinary team comprising, nurses, psychologists, clinical leads, matrons, physiotherapists, behavioural specialists, nutritionists, speech and language professionals and occupational therapists to deliver clinical services in a calm and therapeutic environment personalised to all our ladies and gentlemen.

Complex behaviour

Veronica House’s experienced team are highly skilled at monitoring and evaluating complex behaviours to establish triggers and address them appropriately.

Our experienced care team prefers non-pharmacological and non-physical methods to de-escalate instances involving complex 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
  • Walking with purpose
  • Biting
  • Attempting to destroy things
  • Angry and upset moods

Angry and upsetting behaviour

It’s common for a person with complex care or dementia to be frustrated, angry and upset, 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 anger 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 complex 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