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.
When people are at risk of falling the goal is to prevent falls and fall injuries. At the same time it’s important to help them be as independent as they can be. The best way to do this is to find and remove the reasons for falls. Common reasons include medicine side effects, vision problems, and muscle weakness from not being active enough. Use the
Falls Risk Self-Assessment Checklist to find out more.
Falling can lead to injury but using restraint also has many risks.
Use of restraint can cause:
Current as of: May 1, 2018
Author: Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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