We all want safe, compassionate care for those we care about, and those we care for. Sometimes safety requires limiting a person’s activity or behaviour. Restraining a person is a last resort in an emergency or when other things haven’t worked. Many healthcare providers, including Alberta Health Services (AHS), have a Restraint as a Last Resort policy.
Many things are stressful and upsetting for people with dementia. It can be embarrassing to get personal care from a care provider. It’s stressful to have trouble understanding or trying to explain things. The goal is to keep the person comfortable, help them to stay as independent as they can, and protect them and others from getting hurt.
Restraint used for agitation associated with dementia includes medicines, and temporarily keeping the person in a room, area, or chair to provide quiet and prevent injury to others. Sometimes gentle physical restraint of arms and legs is needed during care.
Restraint includes many risks:
Current as of: May 1, 2018
Author: Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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