Wrongful Use of Restraints in Nursing Homes
There are situations in which nursing home residents may be restrained to keep them from hurting themselves or others. But too often nursing home residents are improperly restrained as a means of controlling their behavior for the staff’s convenience or as a means of punishment.
Restraints used in nursing homes are usually physical (straps, belts, ties, vests, wheelchair bars or brakes, bedside rails or sheets tucked in too tightly). Restraints may also be chemical (sedatives, antipsychotics, anxiety-reducers and other drugs). A nursing home resident might also be locked in a room, subjected to electronic surveillance, direct physical force or psychological pressure to curb behaviors.