Restraint rules overhaul: Wyatt

Overuse of restraints in nursing homes not tolerated: Minister

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Changes to regulations governing the use of physical and chemical restraints in nursing homes expected soon.

Changes to regulations governing the use of physical and chemical restraints in nursing homes expected soon.

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Better regulation proposed for restraint use in Australian nursing homes.

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THE Federal government has promised a major clamp-down on the chemical and physical restraining of nursing home residents.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the practice will be better regulated and its overuse not tolerated.

The minister’s statement follows an 18-month investigation into physical and chemical restraint use and recent media reports of a 72-year-old nursing home resident who was regularly restrained and one day spent a total of 14 hours tied to his chair.

Draft changes to the regulations are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Mr Wyatt said the new Aged Care Quality Standards, the first upgrade of standards in 20 years, will come into full force on July 1 this year.

They will include restraint guidelines.

TOP PRIORITY: Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt says the overuse of chemical and physical restraints on aged care residents will not be tolerated.

TOP PRIORITY: Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt says the overuse of chemical and physical restraints on aged care residents will not be tolerated.

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