Abstract

This book provides health and social care professionals with an authoritative reading resource on the ethics and use of restraint. It provides an overview of the different forms of restraint, the conditions under which they are used and their implications for the health and wellbeing of older people. Practical approaches to minimising restraint are then explored, underlining the importance of person-centred care. Innovative programmes and approaches to reducing the use of restraint are described and assessed, and case studies are drawn upon to highlight practice challenges and their effective resolutions. The perspectives of older people and their carers and families, as well as of professionals, commissioners and regulators of health and social care, are also taken into account. The contributors are drawn from an international range of health and social care settings, as well as from the academic world.