Goal-directed or goal-oriented behaviours in nursing homes refer to behaviours people diagnosed with dementia display at any given time.
The idea is that the behaviour is not random but in fact indicates the existence of a purpose or goal.
Here are some examples of goal-directed behaviours:
It is thought that this kind of behaviour correlates with advanced stages of dementia and poor interpersonal relationships.
Considerable emphasis is now placed on the promotion of person-centred nursing care across the board in the aged care industry.
It requires that staff treat residents as individuals with respect and compassion and manage their care according to their needs.
People suffering from dementia have the right to:
To successfully manage the above goal-directed behaviours, staff will need to:
Good assessment to enable staff to identify a resident's individual needs and preferences is important.
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