In some situations, nursing home patients may be properly restrained to ensure that they do not hurt themselves or others. But nursing home residents should not be subject to physical, chemical (drugs) or psychological restraints as punishment or for the staff’s convenience.
If a loved one of yours is being restrained in a Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, or Tennessee nursing home without a valid reason, a nursing home abuse attorney can help you. A Kentucky elderly restraint lawyer can help to change the nursing home’s practices and may be able to obtain compensation for the pain and suffering your loved one has suffered and for any medical care necessitated by the treatment.
Nursing homes sometimes use restraints to control residents who are disruptive, have a history of falls, or who have mobility, cognitive or functional disabilities that make them need frequent assistance or supervision. Using restraints for these purposes is an improper and unlawful practice.
The federal Nursing Home Reform Law of 1987 says nursing home residents have the right to be free from physical or chemical restraints imposed for purposes of discipline or convenience, or that are otherwise not required to treat the resident’s medical symptoms.
As a Kentucky attorney could explain, types of restraints used against elderly patients in long-term care facilities may include:
Signs that restraints have been used on a nursing home resident include:
The use of restraints can cause medical problems and/or injury, including:
Instead of restraints, nursing home staff should approach problem residents with clinical interventions, such as trying to make them more comfortable physically, adjusting their medication, or providing companionship and/or activities to occupy and/or distract them.
If you recognize the signs of a nursing home resident having been restrained, you should ask staff and/or management why such measures are necessary and what options have been tried besides restraints. You should also consult a Kentucky nursing home elderly restraint attorney about your loved one’s rights and the possibility that he or she is being subjected to unlawful abuse.
If your loved one is being improperly restrained in a nursing home, the Becker Law Office can help put an end to this unlawful practice and secure compensation for the pain and suffering your family member has endured. This may include money for additional medical care an injured patient requires because of the abuse.
Please contact the Becker Law Office today to set up a free legal consultation about how one of our Kentucky nursing home elderly restraint lawyers can help you. We can investigate and seek justice for you and your loved one.
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