The use of restraints may be a sign of nursing home abuse or neglect and it is important to remain vigilant if you are concerned about the treatment of a loved one. The use of restraints in nursing homes is not as common as it was even a few years ago as the use of restraints in nursing homes and extended care facilities has been limited under California and federal law.
Restraints may not be used to control a patient or as a form of discipline or punishment. The use of restraints are required to be accompanied by orders from a licensed physician which clarify how and why the restraints are necessary as well as the duration of their use. Many nursing homes here in southern California violate these laws in an attempt to keep patients from attempting to get out of bed, especially in situations of under-staffing.
The nursing home may try to justify their use of restraints by suggesting it was for your loved one’s own good. The use of restraints may be a sign of nursing home abuse or neglect and can lead to injury or the development of bed sores, dangerous infections such as sepsis. In addition, patients who are restrained often suffer psychological and emotional trauma. This abuse can affect other patient health conditions, ultimately leading to a decline in overall patient well being.
If your loved one has suffered any injury while under the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility or you are concerned about signs of abuse and neglect such as increased sedation, dehydration, bed sores and signs of restraint we invite you to review the recommendations of former clients and the legal industry and contact the Law Firm of Rivers Morrell or call 949-305-1400 to speak with one of our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.