Aged care and restrictive practices: Definitions, principles and ethics (1 of 2)

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Restrictive practices have traditionally been used in aged care to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (Commission) is committed to minimising risks to recipients of aged care (Care Recipients) and ensuring they are treated with dignity and respect.

The use of restrictive practices in Care Recipients must always be a last resort, in the least restrictive form possible, and for the shortest time.

This module is part 1 of 2 in this course. This first part explains what restrictive practices are in aged care and their impact on the rights of Care Recipients.  

It also discusses ethical considerations on the basis of national codes.

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At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Understand what a restrictive practice in aged care is.
  • Discuss the different forms of restrictive practices used in aged care.
  • Understand the Charter of Aged Care Rights in relation to the use of restrictive practices.
  • Understand the meaning of informed consent in relation to the use of restrictive practices.
  • Understand the ethical considerations, including the Code of Conduct and the Code of Ethics for nurses, as an important framework to support decision-making.

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