Reply To: Comfort chairs can they be seen as a restraint


Jessie Snowdon

Hi Ann, I recently purchased the restraint standards so I could answer this question intelligently! The standards say that it is the INTENTION that is vital and if the intention is NOT to restrain then no there should be no issue. IF the product does restrain the person (i.e they can’t move in a way they could otherwise – I believe that for someone who can’t walk then this isn’t an issue) – then the facility needs to have documentation around this. So they can still use the product but there documentation and clinical pathway will allow for the use to be documented and monitored in a clinically appropriate way. Does this make sense?!