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Bupa Care Services Goal of reducing restraint achieved

Bupa Tuesday 19 April 2011, 01:32PM

Media release from Bupa

Bupa Care Services have achieved an overall reduction in national restraint usage of 30% and will continue to reduce this throughout 2011. This supports their philosophy of person centred care..

The active reduction of restraint usage within all Bupa Care homes is something they are committed to. During 2010 Bupa actively pursued this goal and set a target of a 10% reduction nationally.

Progress toward this goal has seen them not use any form of restraint in any of their dementia care homes since May 2010 and an increasing number are becoming restraint free.

Hospital care rate of restraint has seen a reduction from 9.8 to 6.5% over the calendar year of 2010. Psychogeriatric care units have also seen a reduction with percentages down to 6.1% from 9.9%.

In January 2010 Bupa had 424 residents restrained across all care homes and hospitals and by the end of December 2010 they had reduced that number down to 297 just 10% of residents. During November and December of 2010 Bupa had no residents restrained in rest home care, an ideal care scenario.

Bupa have had a successful year working towards this goal with two of their care homes Hayman Rest Home and Hospital and Winara Rest Home and Hospital restraint free for the whole of 2010, with a target of adding more to this success in 2011.

Evidence based research shows that the use of restraints (bed-side rails and soft lap-belts) is not current best practice and that their use negatively impacts on the quality of life for our residents. Bupa are actively reducing the use of restraints and finding alternative ways to care for residents.

The aim is to get to zero restraint use which Bupa believe can be done with a focus on person centred care where understanding the person and their preference is first and foremost.

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