Effective Interventions for Residents with Behavior Concerns

Behavior concerns amongst residents with dementia may effectively be stopped, minimized or reduced by using appropriate interventions and assessment tools. Alfred Norwood discusses how your care team can design, implement & evaluate interventions that fit the behavior which may result in positive changes. These positive changes may include improved resident mood/behavior and cost effective reduction of time spent in daily care by caregivers.

Learning Objectives:

•     Discuss how the process of human behavior can be affected by age and disease.

•     Discuss effective interventions to stop, minimize or reduce behavior concerns.

•     Discuss underused tools a care team can use for improving resident mood and behavior.

About the Speaker:

Alfred W. Norwood, BS, MBA
President and Founder of Behavior Science, Inc

Alfred Norwood is the President and Founder of Behavior Science, Inc. He is a behavioral psychologist who uses primarily ABA techniques and neurological research to resolve behaviors in community and institutional based dementia patients.
He has worked as a consultant for chain for-profit, non-profit and independent SNFs and ALFs and trained staff in the use of non-pharmaceutical, individualized care plans for residents with moderate to severe dementia. All training programs and techniques have resulted from working directly with specific nursing units, CNA's and residents. The techniques he employs for training are the result of extensive training experience and his understanding of the neurology of attention, conscious processing & memory. His clients are taught to use a wide variety of easy to deploy non-pharmacological interventions for the most commonly seen behaviors to build highly individualized pro-active and effective care plans. All interventions are research based and proven in numerous successful applications.

His programs were tested by a local County LTC agency and qualified for reimbursement under Medicaid waivers. Similar tests were conducted for LTC insurance who also elected to reimburse policy holders for the S&LC program. The original program was based upon 18 months of his in home treatment conducted in partnership with Alzheimer's & Dementia Outreach program of ViaHealth Home Care.

Mr. Norwood has also developed "Engineered Music". This highly effective intervention is based upon the use of individualized albums of music, preferred by dementia patients during pre-morbid times. Each song is engineered to accommodate common neural losses in the pre-frontal/frontal cortex and medial temporal lobe e.g. the music includes only easily understood timbres and chord structures with highly entrained and prominent melodies to enhance patient comprehension. Albums are composed of collections of songs which reinforce problematic behaviors e.g. slow tempo, minor key, songs with lyrics about evening, night or sleep used to prepare dementia patients for bed or keep them in bed.

Mr. Norwood developed a process using team dynamics to force consensus on critical organization issues. The process has been used by high growth, high technology companies, companies supplying acute and long term care providers and care providing teams themselves e.g. nursing units, home health care teams etc. He also has worked with LTC & ALF's facilities and PACE sites for 15 years in cost effective improvement of care for residents with dementia.

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