Saturday, 12 May 2018

Guardian article: Dementia patients restrained with controversial techniques


Our research has been featured on The Guardian and The Observer, talking about our findings highlighting the restraint dementia patients are put under so that they are not allowed to leave their bed or go for a walk. 

"nurses and healthcare assistants are raising the siderails of beds and tucking bedsheets tightly around patients with dementia, reducing their mobility. Others are prevented from getting up by their walking frames being put out of reach or by being sedated with drugs. The techniques are used, say the researchers, because of an exaggerated fear that patients will fall if left to move around wards freely. The study says the tactics lead to the “dehumanisation” of patients, leaving them angry and highly stressed and worsening their already poor health."

"The researchers found that many dementia patients resist and reject the care provided to them in hospital because they are unhappy about their treatment.
Featherstone and Northcott conclude that the way staff deal with dementia patients, and the use of containment techniques, is “frequently the trigger of resistance or cause of patient anxiety”, though staff sometimes wrongly blame that on the dementia itself."

We're so pleased our findings are sparking conversation, challenging the way patients with dementia are treated in hospitals, which is exactly what we need to make a change.

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