LTCO. Minimizing Restraint Use in Long-Term Care

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About this Course

Minimizing Restraint Use in Long-Term Care is a self-paced orientation course that will equip or refresh long-term care team members on the knowledge and skills required to support residents.

Using restraints is a complex issue for LTC team members as they care for residents from a position of power and trust. By taking this course, team members will learn:

  • what restraints are and their types
  • when restraint use is appropriate
  • how to safely apply and monitor restraints when necessary
  • what the alternatives are to restraint use

Learners will receive an Ontario CLRI certificate for completing this course.

About the Orientation eLearning series

The Orientation eLearning series, created by the Ontario CLRI at the RIA, provides education for new team members during orientation, and for existing team members during their annual training. These scenario-based and interactive eLearning courses ensure that learners have the knowledge and skills needed to assist the people they support and are in line with Ministry of Long-Term Care guidelines. They were developed using evidence-based best practices and adult education principles, in collaboration with subject matter experts and LTC leaders.

Audience

This course is for long-term care team members.

Acknowledgements

This eLearning course, part of the Orientation course series, was developed in 2024 by the Ontario CLRI at the RIA with the generous support of Schlegel Villages. We would like to thank the people who contributed to the development and review of content for this course:

Subject Matter Experts

Sherri Toleff, Fairview Seniors Community
Jaimie Killingbeck, Schlegel Villages
Christine Hames, Schlegel Villages

Advisors

Madalyn MacIntyre
Rosemarie Cruz
Sandra Mejia de Lemus

References

Argáez, C. & Li, Y. (2020).  Physical restraints for use in long-term care settings: clinical effectiveness and guidelines. Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). Retrieved October 7, 2023 from https://www.cadth.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/htis/2020/RB1453%20Restraints%20in%20LTC%20Final.pdf

Canadian Institute for Health Information. (n.d.). Restraint Use in Long-Term Care. Canadian Institute for Health Information. https://www.cihi.ca/en/indicators/restraint-use-in-long-term-care

College of Nurses of Ontario. (2009). Practice Standard: Restraints. College of Nurses of Ontario. https://www.hqontario.ca/Portals/0/modals/qi/en/processmap_pdfs/resources_links/restraints%20cno.pdf

Elgin County. (2023). Appendix F: Restraint vs. Personal Assistance Device (PASD). Elgin County. https://www.elgincounty.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Appendix-F-Restraint-vs.-Personal-Assistance-Device-PASD-1.pdf

Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. (2021). Fixing Long-term Care Act. SO 2021, c 39, sch 1. https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/21f39

Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes & Services for Seniors. (2010). Minimizing Restraint and Use of Personal Assistance Service Devices (PASDs) Policy, Procedures and Training Package. Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes & Services for Seniors. https://www.advantageontario.ca/oanhssdocs/MembersOnly/Full%20Members%20Only%20Pages/GovernmentAndMediaRelations/LTC%20Homes%20Act/Minimizing_Restraining_and_Use_of_PASDs_Policy_Procedures_Training_Package.pdf

Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. (2012). Promoting Safety: Alternative Approaches to the Use of Restraints. Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. https://rnao.ca/sites/rnao-ca/files/Promoting_Safety_-_Alternative_Approaches_to_the_Use_of_Restraints_0.pdf