Understand what the ACQSC (The Commission) is looking for in terms of restrictive practice. Make sure your staff have got the right training
what are the changes in a nutshell: • introduce the term ‘restrictive practices’ to describe all forms of ‘restraint’ • make changes to the types and definitions of restrictive practices that may be used or applied and align these with those with the provider’s policies. • Restrictive practices include 5 types of restraints, chemical restraint, environmental restraint, mechanical restraint, physical restraint, and seclusion. • clarify existing provider requirements regarding consent, monitoring and evaluation, and that any restrictive practice is used as a last resort • include provisions for strengthening regulation of use of restrictive practices to enable the Commission to issue a regulatory notice when non-compliance with the amended Quality of Care Principles is identified. From 1 September 2021, the amended Aged Care Act and Quality of Care Principles require providers to comply with responsibilities relating to behaviour support plans. This includes a requirement for providers to have a behaviour support plan in place for each consumer who requires, or may require, the use of restrictive practices.
The Medication Management QI covers two issues: • Polypharmacy - defined as the prescription of nine or more medications to a care recipient • Antipsychotic medications - Care recipients assessed for antipsychotic medications and care recipients who received an antipsychotic medication for a diagnosed condition of psychosis