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Restraint with Older People

Restraint with Older People

Understanding Restraint with Older People

Restraint training and Physical Intervention skills may be needed in some care environments to manage challenging behaviour safely, effectively and without compromising the service user/staff relationship. Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of all service users and staff is critical, including that of the service user concerned. Our care and control, breakaway and restraint training packages are based on natural movements and technique that does not rely on strength or aggression.

The Understanding Restraint with Older People course has been designed specifically for the providers of care to older service users in a residential environment. Using guidance from national regulatory and guidance bodies, it provides staff and managers with a greater understanding of restraint, underpinning decisions with knowledge.

This course examines the law in relation to physical intervention, restraint and manual handling as well as teaching staff physical skills including disengagement, non-aggressive defence techniques, guiding and low level holds.

Effective communication during incidents of restraint has been proved to dramatically aid in the de-escalation of incidents, promoting the welfare of all concerned and fostering good will between the service user and staff involved. As such, COVIC Training Solutions actively promote the development of effective communication skills during restraint training in order to better equip staff to manage challenging and confrontational behaviour safely.

This course comprises two units of which two must be completed. They are as follows:

Unit 1: Legislation and the Risks in the Use of Physical Restraint
To pass in unit a student must:

  • Explain what ‘Reasonable Force’ means as found in Section 3(1) of The Criminal Law Act 1967 & Common Law.
  • Explain the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 with regard to physical restraint and its operational use.
  • Explain the requirements of the various pieces of legislation with regard to physical restraint of elderly people.
  • Explore the research on the factors that can increase the risk of death and serious injury with regard to physical restraint.
  • Explain and demonstrate how to apply safe working practices so as to reduce the risk of unnecessary injury and death.

Unit 2: Non-Harmful and Least Restrictive Methods of Control
To pass this unit a student must:

  • Explain and demonstrate the correct physical skills required for appropriate and effective methods of holding, escorting and restraint when using non-harmful methods of control.
  • Explain the principles of seated restraint and demonstrate how this is achieved through non-harmful methods of control, including immobilisation skills to prevent injury through kicking.
  • Demonstrate the principles of gradually relaxing restraint, including the correct de-escalation and gradual relaxation of restraint to allow the subject to regain self-control.
  • Explain the principles of applying restraint when working as part of a restraint team to minimise the risk to staff and the person being restrained.
  • Explore the difference between a non-harmful method of control and a least restrictive physical intervention. Demonstrate a least restrictive method of control when considering the risk posed matched by the harm prevented.
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