Improving treatment for dementia patients

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Toronto Rehab researchers have begun developing a first-of-its-kind app that will allow nurses and personal support workers (PSW) to more accurately track behaviours of people with dementia – resulting in better treatment of their symptoms.

Clinicians and nurses can tailor the app in terms of which behaviours to track – for example, physical aggression, verbal agitation, sleep patterns – individualizing the observation record based on the needs of the patient.

By more accurately tracking this information, it is believed that the interprofessional teams will better understand what the patient is communicating and also pinpoint what times of day they are most distressed. This will allow for improved treatment and care for people with dementia.

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In Photo (UHN): Cecelia Marshall (L), social worker, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Dr. Andrea Iaboni, geriatric psychiatrist, aim to launch the new behavioural app across Ontario improving care for people with dementia.