Top tip 5: Ask about health and sensory checks

If someone’s behaviour has changed, exploring any health and wellbeing issues underlying this could reduce the need for psychotropic medication.

Think about people’s health and wellbeing in general. If someone has an undiagnosed or untreated health condition that is painful or uncomfortable, this might be the reason why his or her behaviour has changed or is challenging. Dealing with an underlying issue could reduce the need for psychotropic medication.

You may need to consider:

  • Have health professionals considered all possible general health checks and health screenings?
  • Have health checks been taking place annually as a minimum?
  • Have health professionals considered all possible sensory issues?
  • Does the person have a health action plan? • Is the person getting support with diet and exercise?
  • Is the person getting any support they need in relation to mental health?
  • Is there a restrictive practice in place that could be affecting the person’s behaviour?