Online retailer Amazon has come under fire for selling physical restraints and forms of straitjackets for dementia sufferers.

Charities urged the site to stop selling the equipment, which they said endangered the rights of the most vulnerable.

They spoke out as former care workers launched a petition, revealing the presence of dozens of such products on Amazon’s pages. Age UK said the marketing of the devices for such vulnerable people was “shocking.” Caroline Abrahams, charity director said: “There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for making this extreme form of such equipment – where people are physically restrained – available to the public and advertised specifically for people with dementia.”

“Using equipment to restrain people with dementia is rarely justified and only ever under the care and supervision of specialists where they may be a risk of harm to themselves or others and as an absolute last resort.” Sally Copley, from the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are deeply concerned by the listing of products advertised as ‘dementia restraints’ on Amazon.We are contacting them to advise that the word ‘dementia’ should be removed from these descriptions, and to make sure that customers are made aware of the legal and ethical issues regarding the use of restraint. “Under mental capacity legislation, strict rules exist to protect the rights of people with dementia who may, under specific circumstances, need to be restrained. Any restrictive care arrangement must be in the person’s best interest and following an assessment by a professional. The selling of such products to the public on Amazon flies in the face of these guidelines, and opens the door to misuse.” 

A spokesman for Amazon said the products were being removed. He said: “All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account.”

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