Decision-Making Tool: Supporting a Restraint Free Environment in Residential Aged Care

Page last updated: 05 April 2019

A person-centred approach is a restraint free approach - a way of thinking that preserves the human rights of any person. All residents are entitled to respect and protection of their basic rights and freedoms, regardless of where they live. This entitlement includes all persons bearing a corresponding obligation to respect and protect the rights and freedoms of others.

The delivery of the best possible residential aged care services can be assured where staff receive the support of each other, and in turn receive support from their employing organisations.

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

The tool kit comprises:

  • hand book, Supporting a Restraint Free Environment in Residential Aged Care,
  • an A3 poster, Restraint Free Options - for display where staff can access them for care planning,
  • a second A3 poster, Making a Decision Flow Chart - for display where staff can access them for care planning, and
  • a Relatives/Carers Information Leaflet - for photocopying and distribution as required.

This document is available for download in PDF and Word:

Minimising Physical and Chemical Restraint in Residential Aged Care

The Aged Care Quality Standards, which come into effect on 1 July 2019, require aged care providers who deliver clinical care to have a clinical governance framework in place that includes minimising the use of restraint.

The Quality of Care Principles 2014 have been amended to reflect specific requirements in relation to the use of physical and chemical restraint. Only when providers have explored alternatives to restraint and satisfied a number of conditions, can either form of restraint be used. These requirements also come into effect on 1 July 2019.