Minimising restraints in aged care
Using restraint in an aged care setting must always be the last resort. There are laws around use of physical and chemical restraint in residential aged care.
Laws on minimising restraint
Residential aged care providers have specific responsibilities that relate to the use of physical and chemical restraints. These responsibilities are in the Quality of Care Principles.
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has information to support providers.
Further strengthening of the legislation
Part 4A of the Quality of Care Principles came into effect on 29 November 2019. The legislation:
- makes it clear restraint must always be used as a last resort
- refers to state and territory legislation for prescribers’ responsibilities regarding informed consent
- requires a 12-month review of the restraint regulation operations to ensure they are minimising the use of inappropriate restraint.
For more information, see:
- Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission resources to support providers to minimise the use of restraints
- the Guiding Principles for Medication Management in Residential Aged Care Facilities
- Six steps for safe prescribing of antipsychotics and benzodiazepines in residential aged care
- Three simple checks to support your residents – for personal care workers in residential aged care.