Restraint - Aged Care Quality Standard 8

Restraint - Aged Care Quality Standard 8

This course will delve into the principles and issues both past and present surrounding restraint in aged care

Aged Care Learning Solutions
Updated Mar 11, 2019

This course covers the following:

  • Restraint free environment
  • Legal, ethical and human rights issues
  • Clinical issues and decision making
  • Worker responsibilities
  • Physical and mental health injuries
  • Alternative strategies to protect people

Business Objectives

The minimisation of restrictive practices and the rights of all people to live in a restraint-free environment are essential elements of care under the Aged Care Quality Standards. The misuse of chemical and physical restraint is high on the priority of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and will be specifically addressed during visits by the Commission’s staff. From July 1st all Commonwealth subsidised residential aged care homes must collect and report on the Use of Physical Restraint as one of three clinical quality indicators. This topic explores the past over-use of restrictive practices and highlights alternative and practical strategies to support people with actions and responses that pose a risk to their safety or the safety of others. Restraint aligns to Standard 8 of the Aged Care Quality Standards.


This learning activity is for Aged Care workers