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Restraints Used in Nursing Homes Can Cause Harm

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The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 states the resident has the right to be free from physical or chemical restraints imposed for purposes of discipline or convenience and not required to treat the resident’s medical symptoms. This means that only a doctor can prescribe restraints after a careful assessment of the resident’s condition. This helps ensure that residents are treated in such a manner and environment to enhance quality of life.

Improper restraint use may result in strangulation or death, poor circulation, chronic constipation, incontinence, weak muscles, weakened bone structure, pressure sores, increased agitation, depressed appetite, increased threat of pneumonia o rincreased urinary infections. The resident may also experience reduced social contact, withdrawal from surroundings, loss of autonomy, depression, increased problems with sleep patterns, increased agitation, or loss of mobility.

If you notice that your loved one experiences any of these symptoms, contact an attorney familiar with nursing home abuse and neglect.