Decision-Making Tool: Supporting a Restraint Free Environment in Residential Aged Care

A person-centred approach is a restraint free approach – a way of thinking that preserves the human rights of any person. All residents are entitled to respect and protection of their basic rights and freedoms, regardless of where they live. This entitlement includes all persons bearing a corresponding obligation to respect and protect the rights and freedoms of others.

Page last updated: 04 December 2012

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.

With a restraint free approach, the use of any restraint must always be the last resort after exhausting all reasonable alternative management options.

The new tool kit comprises:

  • hand book, Supporting a Restraint Free Environment in Residential Aged Care;
  • an A3 poster, Restraint Free Options - for display where staff can access them for care planning (2 copies);
  • a second A3 poster, Making a Decision Flow Chart – for display where staff can access them for care planning (2 copies); and
  • a Relatives/Carers Information Leaflet – for photocopying and distribution as required (6 copies).
This document is available for download in PDF and HTML: Kits are available in print ready format by completing the aged care free publications order form.

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