Press Release

Press Release for the launch of “Towards a Restraint Free Environment in Nursing Homes.”

Ms Kathleen Lynch T.D, Minister for State for Older People today published a new National Policy aimed at eliminating the use of all types of restraint in Nursing Homes. The Policy entitled “Towards a Restraint Free Environment in Nursing Homes” was completed following a public consultation.

One of the key objectives of Government policy is to ensure the dignity, safety and well-being of older people in residential care. The new national policy is intended to complement the National Quality Standards for Residential Care Setting for Older People in Ireland and the regulations that underpin them. At the heart of this regulatory framework is the desire to support access to the best quality residential care available, for those who need it.

The fundamental aim of “Towards a Restraint Free Environment in Nursing Homes” is to eliminate the use of restraint. Where this is not feasible the aim is to restrict the use of all forms of restraint to those exceptional emergency situations where it is absolutely necessary. Where the application of an episode of restraint is deemed necessary it should only be applied in accordance with the law and best professional practice.

This policy ensures that human rights are positively incorporated into the reality of people’s lives in residential care settings. Welcoming the publication, the Minister stated that “Today’s publication marks another significant step in demonstrating our commitment to putting the person at the very centre of care.” The Minister went on to thank the members of the Working Group for their contribution to the development of the policy and to those individuals and organisations whose submissions provided valuable insights for the Working Group’s considerations.

Copies of the policy will be circulated to the person in charge of each nursing home.

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