BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT PLANNING IN RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE

What is a Behaviour Support Plan?

So, what exactly is a Behaviour Support Plan? It is a plan that assists a person in building positive behaviours to replace or reduce behaviour of concern. It includes positive (preventative and responsive) strategies and interventions. This plan may include teaching new skills, changing contingencies, improving communication, improving relationships, modifying the environment, and using other evidence-based clinical interventions eg. cued-recall interventions, positive reinforcement systems, and the identification of functionally equivalent replacement behaviour (FERB).

Positive behaviour support has been defined as:-

“an applied science that uses educational methods to expand an individual’s behaviour repertoire and systems change methods to redesign an individual’s living environment to first enhance the individual’s quality of life and, second, to minimise his or her problem behaviour”.

(Carr et al. 2002, p. 4).

The Process of Behaviour Support Planning

A process that ensures that each person receives individualised specialist positive behaviour support that is appropriate to their needs, person-centred, incorporates evidence-informed practice, and complies with relevant legislation and policy frameworks.

The person-centred approach is founded on the ethic that all human beings are of absolute value and worthy of respect , no matter their disability, and on a conviction that people with dementia can live fulfilling lives”.

(Kitwood, 1996).

The process is covered in the detail of this useful blog posted on by Jane Turner

Amazing Ageing Psychology source: https://amazingageingpsychology.com.au/2021/11/08/behaviour-support-planning-in-residential-aged-care-2/

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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