A new report on the use of chemical restraint in residential aged care facilities is calling on the government to ban the practice and mandate training for staff on dementia and alternative methods.
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The government should scrap its new regulation on the use of restraints in aged care and work towards banning restraints altogether, a group of advocates has told a parliamentary inquiry.
Residential aged care providers need to ensure assessment by an approved person and document alternative alternative options tried before physical or chemical restraint can be used from 1 July.
The aged care sector’s new independent regulator has launched a tool for providers to understand and assess their performance against the new quality standards.
Giving an antipsychotic medication to an aged care resident should only be considered when all other interventions have failed, writes Natalie Soulsby.
For some residents the use of sedative medication will be the appropriate course of action and the benefits will outweigh the risk but the decision rests with the prescribing doctor, writes Patrick Reid.
The over-use of antipsychotic medication in people with dementia is not just a medical issue but a human rights concern, says Britain’s top dementia policy expert.