Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARs)

Case Study: Jane (Part 2)

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Whilst you are exploring Jane’s memory problems with her she becomes agitated and confrontational but when you attempt to explore this behaviour with Jane she denies there is a problem. You know that her husband has already expressed concerns about the changes in Jane’s behaviour since her stroke and is upset by these changes.

diagram of brain highlighting frontal lobe as being responsible for flexible thinking, behaviour, planning, and problem-solving

  • The frontal lobe drives flexible thinking, behaviour, planning, and problem-solving.
  • Whilst it is important for Jane to feel that you empathise with her problems, this will not help Jane to understand her behavioural changes.
  • Speaking with Jane’s family may be the right thing to do as this may offer additional information. However, you must bear in mind that people will have differences of opinion/interpretations of events. You should also consider issues around confidentiality and the roles and dynamics in family relationships to help avoid conflict.It would usually be appropriate to initially explore Jane’s behavioural changes with her first prior to speaking with her family.
  • Exploring Jane’s behavioural changes with her leads to her telling you that she gets upset because she is not always aware of her memory problems, and it makes her angry when family/staff try to help.
  • Click here to continue with causes of changes in behaviour.

Page last reviewed: 30 Jan 2020