Using Alternate Restraints For Dementia Patients

Heather Goodwin, MS, OT/L, has been working with patients suffering from dementia for over a decade. The CEO and founder of Vital Spark LLC, she provides therapy consulting services and clinical education on dementia care. Heather believes that there are many inherent dangers when using physical or chemical restraints on dementia patients: "A lot of restraints can be physically distressing for clients. I feel that some restraints actually cause falls and injuries." She has devoted herself to developing and experimenting with alternate forms of restraints for her patients and instructing other rehab professionals on successful techniques for managing their dementia patients. If you're interested in learning more on working with dementia patients, we offer several courses through the catalog.

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This article was written by Amy-Lynn Corey

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