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Restraints in residential aged care
Restraints must only be used as a last resort and in the least restrictive form, according to new government legislation brought in on July 1, 2021. Bethanie will only consider restraints as a last resort, after all alternate strategies have been tried and following discussion with the resident, their substitute decision-maker and their doctor.

What are restraints?
Any practice or intervention that has the effect of restricting the rights or freedom of movement of an aged care resident. A restraint-free environment is a basic human right. Types of restraints include:

Behaviour support at Bethanie
Behaviour support is considered when residents display behaviours of concern or changed behaviours, or where restraints are being considered, applied or used as part of their care. Our behaviour support plans include assessment, previous incidents including triggers, and alternative strategies known to be successful or unsuccessful.

Behaviour support in care and services planning
From 1 September 2021, any resident requiring behaviour support will have a behaviour support plan included in their ongoing care and services plan. Bethanie’s ongoing assessment and planning for care and services is done in partnership with the resident. Our person-centred approach delivers high-quality, individualised care planning.

How Bethanie minimises the use of restraints
Our care staff get to know our resident to understand their background, likes, dislikes, wishes and needs. This helps us anticipate needs, understand triggers which may initiate behaviour responses and be aware of anything which might be calming.

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