Restraints and Personal Assistance Service Devices in Long-Term Care in Ontario, Authors Linda Norton (SME) M.Sc.CH, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.) and Amanda Tavares, CHRP

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Authors: Linda Norton (SME) – M.Sc.CH, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.) Amanda Tavares, CHRP

Safety in long-term care is an important topic for residents, staff, service provider, caregivers, volunteers and the public. There are many reasons as to why we discuss restraint minimization and a critical factor are the legislative requirements and compliance applicable to Canada. This specific training discusses the Long Term Care Regulations within Ontario around restraints and Personal Assistance Service Devices (PASD). For any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Canadian Context: Although the legislation governing restrains in Long Term Care, there is a National approach to the legislation. There are two categories for a device that may limit movement – not depending on the device but rather the way the device is used. If it is used to support or facilitate an activity of daily living it is a Personal Assistance Support Device and not a restraint. The way our legislation has been written resulted in an unintended consequence where manual tilt wheelchairs are banned in many settings.