Older People Falling Out of Bed: Restraint, Risk and Safety
Author: Hughes, Rhidian
Source: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 71, Number 9, September 2008 , pp. 389-392(4)
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Abstract:Bedside rails are used for older people's safety in order to prevent them from falling out of bed and suffering injury. Bed rails can constitute restraint and the principles underpinning mental capacity legislation illustrate good practice when equipment is used in ways that may restrict people's freedom. The use of bed rails illustrates broader tensions in the care of older people: tensions between ensuring the safety of older people and maintaining independence and freedom, including older people taking risks. Person-centred care emphasises that the views of older people, their family carers and the professionals must all be taken into account when assessing older people's care needs and developing risk assessments and care plans. There needs to be further education and debate about positive practice in the use of bed rails because, all too often, the use of these devices is taken for granted. Staff need support to ensure that they put the best interests of older people at the centre of all decisions about their care.
Document Type: Short Communication
Publication date: September 1, 2008
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