More on restrictive practices in aged care: highlighting the intersection of regulation and clinical governance
Restrictive practices are often used to manage the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) in aged care. However while restrictive practices may have a clinical foundation in this sense, they are not necessarily driven by clinical need.
Recent regulatory changes prompted by the Royal Commission into Safety and Quality and Aged Care (Royal Commission) amend and enhance existing rules under the Aged Care Act 1997 (Cth) relating to the use of restrictive practices (previously referred to as ‘restraint’). In effect, these amendments support a clinical governance approach to the use of restrictive practices in residential aged care – which translate to improved clinical governance in the management of BPSD.
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