Reminder: Behaviour Support Plans for residential aged care

All residential aged care providers must have Behaviour Support Plans (BSP) in place from 1 September 2021.

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Health sector

BSPs form part of the existing Care and Services Plan and are required for any care recipient:

  • that needs behaviour support
  • where the use of a restrictive practice has been assessed as necessary, and
  • where a restrictive practice is being used.

They are an important part of providing care, dignity and respect to senior Australians.

It is important that a BSP:

  • includes best practice support strategies
  • is responsive to the care recipient’s needs
  • seeks to reduce or end the need for restrictive practices
  • provides individualised supports
  • addresses the underlying causes of concern
  • provides safeguards, and
  • optimises the care recipient’s health and wellbeing.

The department has developed three fact sheets about minimising restrictive practices to support providers.

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission also has resources to support providers to minimise the use of restrictive practices.