In our last blog, we shared research on DBS (deep brain stimulation), which is showing remarkable results in helping regulate behavior and mood swings in those with Alzheimer’s. If you’re looking for a more natural way to manage these challenging behaviors, however, we’ve discovered another solution to share that’s proving effective in helping Alzheimer’s caregivers work through such issues as agitation and aggression while reducing the use of antipsychotics.
The DICE model – Describe, Investigate, Create, and Evaluate – was developed by a panel of senior mental health specialists as a way to help change challenging behaviors and avoid medication. The system details key patient, caregiver and environmental considerations and describes the “go-to” behavioral and environmental interventions that should be considered.
Although psychotropic drugs have been prescribed for years to Alzheimer’s patients expressing certain troublesome behaviors, there is little evidence they work well for Alzheimer’s behaviors and they also come with heavy side effects. Alternately, studies of certain non-medication approaches to affecting behaviors in Alzheimer’s patients have shown promising results.
Read more about DICE and how it is changing the way caregivers and healthcare providers work with Alzheimer’s patients in this article from Alzheimer’s Weekly.
The Central New Hampshire home care experts at Live Free Home Health Care have created a free resource sheet outlining common causes and supportive responses for Alzheimer’s-related behaviors that we invite you to download and utilize. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed with the unique challenges presented in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, call us at 603-217-0149 or fill out our simple online contact form to share more about your particular situation. Whether you need a few hours of respite care to recharge, or 24/7 around-the-clock care, we’re here for you!