In the meantime, here are 5 key things we learned from this webinar:
1. Person centred care, equity of outcomes and cultural considerations - particularly for Māori and Pacific people - underpin these new guidelines and need to be taken into consideration when thinking about how to approach restraint.
2. Under the new guidelines, your goal should be elimination, rather than minimisation. This means it’s important to explore all the options available to you before restraint is used. You may need to educate a resident, their whanau and those around you, and be open to finding alternative solutions.
3. Restraint is anything that limits a person’s normal freedom of movement. This means that taking equipment or mobilisation aids away from people who need them, is a form of restraint too. Watch our restraint webinar for some scenarios that explain this point.
4. We should work together to remove the stigma around restraint. You may consider your workplace to be a restraint-free healthcare environment and, while it’s fantastic that you’re striving for that goal, often the reality is that restraint is happening – it’s just that we’re not always aware of it. The more we talk about restraint, the better we’ll all get at knowing what it is and what it isn’t.
There are times when restrain may be needed. And that’s ok. As long as we are adopt a person-centred approach, follow our assessment process, document and report what we’re doing and why, and regularly reassess a resident/person’s changing needs – then we’re all on the right track.
5. What is and isn’t restraint is still a bit confusing, and it’s ok to ask for help. There are experts like Gillian you can call on, and lots of solutions available today that aid mobilisation and support resident safety, like smart aged residential care beds and care chairs.