Examples of responsive behaviours


Some of the most common responsive behaviour for persons living in a long-term care home:

  • Grabbing onto people
  • Screaming
  • Making strange noises
  • Cursing or verbal aggression
  • Trying to get to a different place
  • Complaining or whining
  • General restlessness or agitation
  • Constant unwarranted requests for help or attention
  • Repetitive sentences or questioning
  • Pacing or aimless wandering
Ultimately, we can’t expect the person with dementia to change; we must do the  changing. We  need  to  understand  the  disease,  be  patient  and  accept who  the person is  in this moment.

It is important to note that if your personal safety is at risk, leave the room for a safer place, even the hallway.  Don’t get into a position where you can’t leave the room. Once you’ve left, get staff assistance immediately.

If such behaviour begins to impact the quality of life of your family member or those around him (co-residents), you should consult with the professional staff to adjust his plan of care.

Specific responsive behaviours

The behaviours covered in this guide are:

    Last Updated: 11/08/2017