The Role of Mobile Behavioral Support Outreach Teams in Non-Pharmacologic Management of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
This session will present an integrated system of care to support implementation of non-pharmacologic management for persons in the community and long-term care presenting with behavioral symptoms of dementia. The session will highlight how an integrated system of mobile behavioral support teams are able to support the development and implementation of behavioral care plans with a particular focus on non-pharmacologic care strategies. In 2012, funding was provided for a Behavioral Support System in Ontario to focus on behavioral symptoms in persons with dementia. In the Toronto region, the funding was used to support Mobile Behavioral Support Outreach Teams (BSOT) for the Community (CBSOT) and LTC (LTCBSOT) and a Transitional Behavioral Support Unit (TBSU). These teams are interdisciplinary (OT, RN, RPN, PSW, SW) and work in an integrated manner with other specialized teams in the health care system (Geriatric Psychiatry, Community Geriatric Outreach Teams). This session will showcase how a mobile interdisciplinary team focused on behavioral assessment and management can support the capacity building at the bedside in a real time manner to reduce the severity and frequency of distressing and disturbing behavioral symptoms. As part of the session, we will share the P.I.E.C.E.S framework that focuses on understanding the meaning behind the behavior to support the development and implementation of an individualized behavioral support care plan.