Man with Alzheimer's being handcuffed in ambulance

Published on Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:38
Written by Scott Buckler

An 84-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease was handcuffed as he was taken to hospital in an ambulance, according to evidence heard by an inquest

 Alzheimer's Society comment:

'People with dementia can sometimes exhibit extreme agitation particularly in times of stress. It is vital that all staff who come into contact with people with dementia are given the skills and training to be able to spot the reasons behind these behaviours so they can address them and hopefully reduce them. Heavy handed approaches such as handcuffing should only ever be a last resort.'

'Alzheimer's Society is working with the Association of Chief Police Officers and a range of other organisations as part of the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia to look at how to make communities more dementia friendly. From Preston to Plymouth, from the boardroom to bus drivers, we all have a role to play in ensuring people with dementia are supported to live a good quality life.'

Source: ©Alzheimer's Society

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0 #1 Emergency Services Dementia GuideMichael HurtDementia Care Programme Manager 2012-07-16 15:19
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