Decision-Making Tool: Supporting a Restraint Free Environment in Community aged care

Page last updated: 26 September 2014

A restraint-free environment means no words, devices or actions will interfere with a person’s ability to make a decision or restrict their free movement.

This information has been designed to stimulate discussion between staff working in community aged care services about how to ensure restraint-free care of clients being cared for in their own home.

The use of restraint confronts a person's rights and dignity and, in some cases, may subject them to an increased risk of physical harm and/or psychological harm. Care workers and case managers need to identify, in a proactive approach with clients, how to prevent situations that may lead to a perceived need for restraint.

With a restraint free approach, the use of any restraint must always be the last resort after exhausting all reasonable alternative management options.

The new tool kit comprises:

  • a hand book, Supporting a Restraint Free Environment in Community Aged Care,
  • an A3 poster, Making a Decision Flow Chart -  for display where staff can access them for care planning,
  • a check list for use by care workers to assist in early identification of behaviour issues - for photocopying and distribution as required,
  • a Relatives/Carers Information Leaflet - for photocopying and distribution as required.

These document is available for download in PDF and Word: