Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics (AUA) Toolkit

For Care Teams, Seniors Health SCN

The Alberta Guideline on the Appropriate Use of Antipsychotic (AUA) Medications (2016) and accompanying resources provide health care professionals with direction regarding assessment and management of responsive behaviours associated with dementia.

The AUA Toolkit Working Group reviews all resources, and will continue to identify promising and leading practices for the Toolkit.

The AUA project is sponsored by the Seniors Health SCN in collaboration with the Addiction and Mental Health SCN.

Resident Success Stories

We are Detectives: care teams come together to improve lives of vulnerable seniors (YouTube)

Archived Success Stories

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For further information:

AUA Tools & Resources

Provincial Guideline

Restraint as a Last Resort Provincial Policy

Medication Review

Clinical Information for Prescribers and Pharmacists

Resources for Person-Centred Care Planning

Responsive Behaviour Tracking

Responsive Behaviour Prevention: Dementia Friendly Environments

Recommended Resources

Involving Families in AUA
Meaningful Activities
Quality Improvement (QI) Project: Reduce Antipsychotics

Clinical Resources for Care Staff

Clinical Resources for Prescribers and Pharmacists

Quality Improvement Strategies and Tools

Getting Started:

Build Awareness:

Create Desire:

Develop Knowledge and Ability:

Reinforce Change

QI Project: Prevent Delirium on Dementia
QI Project: Support Sleep in Dementia
Dementia Education Resources

For best viewing of the videos and learning modules, copy and paste the url into Google Chrome.

Interactive Learning Modules

Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics (AUA):


  • Alberta Health Services
  • WorkSafeBC: videos, dementia
    • 1. Introduction (2:41)
    • 2. How to approach residents (5:39)
    • 3. How to distract and redirect (2:44)
    • 4. Stop and assess(3:14)
    • 5. When all the right stuff  doesn't work(4:33)
    • 6. Easing the stress (4:00)
  • Teepa Snow: videos, resources, courses
  • Pines Education Institute of Southwest Florida: Videos by Teepa Snow
    Choose from a number of available videos. Our top picks:
    • Bathing a Patient with Dementia/Alzheimer’s (4:08)
    • Difference Between Forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s (7:46)
    • Communicating With Patients with Dementia/Alzheimer’s (2:53)
    • Dementia Care Tips (3:23)
    • What is Lewy Body Dementia? (4:54)
    • Rediscovering Moments of Joy Through Activities (4:57)
    • How to Help a Person with Dementia Brush Their Teeth (2:16)
    • Alzheimer’s Activity Ideas and Tips (2:02)
    • Alzheimer’s and Vision Loss (5:43)
  • Terra Nova Films, film and inservice previews:
    Choose from a number of available videos. Our top picks:
    • Creating Moments of Joy (2:11)
    • Creating a Home in Nursing Homes (2:52)
    • Dementia with Dignity (2:52)
    • Dealing with Physical Aggression in Caregiving (2:46)

Dementia Resources