Behavioral Care

What To Watch For

Behavioral healthcare refers to services for individuals at risk of, or suffering from, mental, behavioral, or addictive disorders. The Alzheimer’s Association states that the chief cause of behavioral symptoms is the progressive deterioration of brain cells. However, medication, environmental influences and some medical conditions also can cause symptoms or make them worse. In early stages, people may experience behavior and personality changes such as:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

In later stages, other symptoms may occur including:

  • Anger
  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • General emotional distress
  • Physical or verbal outbursts
  • Restlessness, pacing, shredding paper or tissues
  • Hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not really there)
  • Delusions (firmly held belief in things that are not true)
  • Sleep disturbances

For these reasons, the Senior Transition Guide provides insight into determining whether behavioral care is advisable in your selection of a senior care community and what types of services best align with your selection needs.

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