Adopting least restrictive practices within Aged Care
July 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm$130 – $145
All residents are entitled to respect and protection of their basic rights and freedoms, regardless of where they live. The delivery of the best possible residential aged care services can be assured where staff receive the support of each other, and in turn receive support from their employing organisations.
The application of restraints, for ANY reason, is an imposition on an individual’s rights and dignity and, in some cases, may subject the person to an increased risk of physical and/or psychological harm. The inappropriate use of restraint may constitute assault, battery, false imprisonment or negligence. Staff need to identify, in a proactive approach with management, how to prevent situations that may lead to a perceived need for restraint.
Organisational policies and procedures need to be underpinned by a restraint free way of thinking and developed in conjunction with:
- The requirements of the Aged Care Act 1997
- The Charter of Residents’ Rights and Responsibilities
- The requirements of the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency
- Professional and ethical requirements
- Staff would have an understanding of a restraint-free environment and why restraint is not appropriate (linked to the Department of Health and Aging decision-making framework)
- Staff would have strategies for minimising the use of restrictive practices in residential aged care (Workshop some scenarios if possible and discuss restraint free options) will use case studies
- Highlight common misunderstandings about the use of restraint e.g. it prevents falls
- The impact of restraints on human behaviour
- Know where to seek assistance if staff are concerned or have any questions
With a restraint free approach, the use of any restraint must always be the last resort after exhausting all reasonable alternative management options. Stopping a resident without their consent from doing what they appear to want to do, or are doing, is restraint. Any device that may prevent a resident from getting out of a bed or a chair and/or restricts free movement is restraint. Restraint is any aversive practice, device or action that interferes with any person’s ability to make a decision or which restricts their free movement.
This workshop is designed for Support Workers to provide an understanding of what constitutes a restraint and how to apply least restrictive practices.
Enquiries should be directed to Vicki Smith E: firstname.lastname@example.org