Safe Holding in the Care of Older People
Options for Staff working in Services for the Elderly
Your staff will meet these Safe Holding Learning Outcomes-
- Conduct safe practices for approaching and interaction with older clients exhibiting distressed behaviours (formerly known as challenging behaviours).
- Use appropriate Prompting, Escorting and Holding Skills with older clients who present with violent behaviour.
- Understand the Duty of Care requirements regarding Restraint and Protection for Older People in Care.
- Understand staff rights and the limitations of those rights to use force for Restraint and Protection
- Know the risks associated with physical intervention and specifically the risks of sudden death
This course begins with a careful explanation of the triggers, antecedents and precursors of stress-related behaviours in people with dementia. Our focus here is to encourage staff to re-envisage how their actions and beliefs and values may be increasing the levels of stress which their clients experience. The morning progresses to a discussion about the actions which can be defined as restrictive practices or restraint of older people and specifically the rules which govern the appropriateness of any intrusion into the liberty of an older person.
In the afternoon of this course, we explore with staff the different ways in which they might approach an older person in distress; how they might interact with them in a way which encourages calm and comfort and security. Where clients sometimes exhibit sudden, unexpected or unforeseen behaviours which might harm, we also enable staff with some insights into how they can work in close proximity with their clients in a way which also keeps them safe. We explore body language and proxemics which promote dignity, safety and security for both carers and clients.
This is a hugely popular course among staff and management, and anecdotal evidence suggests that it improves the lives of clients in the services we have delivered it.
When: Over 1 Day on a date scheduled for your convenience
Who: up to 12 of your care staff are led through this Safe Holding training course by one qualified and experienced Dynamis trainer.
What Roles? Care Home Manager, Deputy Manager, Charge Nurse, Team Leader, Senior Care Assistant, Care Assistant, Therapist, Activities Supervisor
Where: at your venue
How: Our trainers deliver this Safe Holding course using a mix of lecture/presentation, Q&A, physical practice and scenario rehearsal.
Why: ✓ Matched to your needs ✓ Led by Professional Trainers ✓ Legally Audited ✓ Fully Risk-Assessed ✓ Values Dignity and Respect ✓ Safeguards Client rights ✓ Offers Staff Practical Options ✓ Compliant with Government Regulations ✓ Value for Your Investment
“Very interesting, engaging and fun – I found the theory and physical side equally interesting and both were essential. Every aspect of this topic was covered. I really enjoyed the training and it has helped my confidence”
Detailed Course Arrangements
The physical skills training will require an area large enough for the training group to move around in safely! It should have all obstructions and floor furniture removed so that we don’t bump into things – slips trips and falls account for the large proportion of injuries in the workplace. An area 6m x 9m (the dimensions of a squash court) is typically suitable for a group of up to 12 staff if it is completely clear of any hazards.
We normally suggest a start time of 0930, finishing at approximately 1600 on each day. Let us know if you need us to start or finish early.
We request that you please provide a digital projector or flatscreen TV to assist your trainer to provide our customised presentations to your team. If necessary we can bring a projector – just let us know!
Note-Taking and Assessment
All staff are *strongly* recommended to bring note-taking materials – a notebook and pen – in order to take the full benefit of this course. All staff may be required to complete a student learning log during the course to facilitate assessment.
All delegates will be required to complete a medical questionnaire prior to commencing the course. All injuries, past and present, must be disclosed, including any medication currently prescribed and / or being taken.
Delegates are asked to ensure that they bring and wear adequate training kit for the duration of the course including; long tracksuit bottoms, appropriate training shoes, etc. Examples of inappropriate clothing would include: any form of open-toed shoes / sandals,
footwear with heels, skirts / dresses, shorts, low-cut tops, etc.
Failure to attend training sessions in safe and appropriate clothing or footwear could result in being excluded from the training, due to risk.
For personal safety reasons ALL jewellery must be removed prior to any training commencing. Where an item of jewellery cannot be removed (i.e. wedding rings) it may be required to be covered, dependent on its construction and style.
The course is a very intense course and time is of the essence. Therefore, delegates are asked to ensure that they are on time for each session so that others are not waiting unnecessarily and that the course finishing time can be adhered to.
This is a practitioner-level course and attendees will only be certified based on the assessment of the trainer, therefore staff are encouraged to engage fully with the training as an occupational health and safety requirement.
We are always disappointed for our clients when they need to cancel for reasons outwith their control. However it can have serious effects on our business, too! We think the fairest response for everyone is to invoice you for 50% of the training you originally booked, plus any travel expenses we had already incurred. This applies to courses cancelled within 4 weeks of the start date. Before then, we will just reschedule!