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. There are 4 types of restraint in the AHS policy:
Restraint is a last resort because of many risks and safety concerns. Risks include:
Families, guardians, agents and support people can share ideas and help care providers understand what helps and what upsets the person. You can help identify things that may work instead of restraint.
Ways to avoid restraint depend on the reason restraint is being considered.
Restraint as a last resort:
Current as of: May 1, 2018
Author: Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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