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 a confused person is at risk of becoming lost or leaving the building the goal is to protect them while allowing as much freedom and dignity as possible. Restraint to limit or stop wandering and getting lost may include codes to unlock doors and elevators. Sometimes changes are made to disguise doors, like painting doors the same colour as the wall, or painting murals (pictures) on doors.
Current as of: May 1, 2018
Author: Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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