Since 1998, the law authorizes under certain conditions the use of force, isolation, mechanical or chemicals means to prevent a person from inflicting harm upon himself or others. In 2002, the Ministry of Health adopted its orientations regarding the application of such measures. However, concerns are being raised with their use in long term care institutions. Are these restraints adapted and respectful of the needs of residents in long term care facilities, and respectful of the best practices? What improvements should be made? What initiatives and pilot projects have succeeded in avoiding the use of physical or chemical restraints in long term care institutions? For many, alternatives must be found in order to respect residents’ rights. In this workshop, we will take a closer look at what comprises physical and chemical restraints in dementia care, how to recognize when they are being used and what are the potential risks and side effects of their use.
My Alzheimer’s Story
If you have any questions regarding a situation of elder mistreatment, you can contact the Elder Mistreatment Helpline (La ligne aide abus aînés) so that a staff member can fully assess your situation and needs, and provide the most appropriate assistance (bilingual service for Quebec residents only):
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