with courtesy of The Daily Telegraph, Page: 2
Thursday, 16 January 2014
Rise in restraints
Elderly dementia patients are being illegally locked in their rooms and sedated in hospitals and care homes, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission. The watchdog said two-thirds of hospitals and care homes were breaking the law by locking up vulnerable patients, stopping them from seeing loved ones and refusing them daily activities, without following protocols to ensure such actions are only taken if truly necessary. Charities said the increase in the use of such measures was worrying and it was unacceptable that most care providers were not following the correct protocols.