Severe behaviours in cognitively impaired Long-Term Care (LTC) residents are persistent behaviours, with an identifiable pattern and a high degree of risk.
Funded by the Aging at Home Strategy, the Behavioural Intervention Response Team (BIRT) is a specialized psycho-geriatric response team which works collaboratively with LTC facilities to provide specialized care for residents with severe behaviours. The purpose of BIRT is three-fold:
The presentation will provide an overview of the service that BIRT provides to LTC facilities. Initial evaluation results will be shared, and case examples will provide a platform for understanding which residents should be referred to BIRT. The presentation will conclude with a discussion regarding the challenges of managing risk related to severe behaviours in LTC.
- To provide an alternative to hospitalization for residents with severe behaviours.
- To work with the resident and staff to understand behavioural triggers and determine interventions.
- To help LTC facilities build capacity related to severe behaviours through education and ongoing testing of different interventions.
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