SCIE Report 25: Minimising the use of 'restraint' in care homes: challenges, dilemmas and positive approaches

By Tom Owen and Julienne Meyer in association with Lyn Meehan and Michelle Cornell

Published: October 2009

The aim of this report is to facilitate a dialogue about this very sensitive topic. The report describes findings from a small-scale study commissioned by SCIE and undertaken as part of the My Home Life programme, a national programme aimed at supporting quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes. The study seeks to shed light on the complexity of the issues facing care homes and to explore how managers and staff have developed strategies for avoiding or minimising the use of restraint.

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