This may seem a radical statement, but I sincerely believe it. It is time everyone, especially the health care professionals and educators still so heavily invested in BPSD think more deeply about it. We must find new ways to teach dementia care that better serves the client – to live more positively, and which is free of all forms of restraint. Many have already done this, including Dr Al Power, and two Australian Dementia Consultants, Daniela Greenwood and Leah Bisiani.
It’s not simply a case of it being a matter of a difference of opinion of terminology – or just about the negative impact of the labels used in the BPSD Guidelines; it is far more complex than that.
It can be done.
Our human rights must be respected.
There is a good life to live, with appropriate and positive support, and without using this harmful paradigm.