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Physical Restraints on the Elderly

Research has shown that the use of physical restraints among elderly residents of nursing homes can be harmful to health. Despite this, many Hollywood nursing home abuse and negligence attorneys regularly deal with cases where physical restraints are used, sometimes with devastating consequences.

If your elderly loved one has been injured by the incorrect use of restraints, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free, no obligation consultation with a nursing home abuse and negligence attorney.

Why Restraints are Used

While no one wants to see an elderly loved one restrained and while experts believe restraints are harmful, nursing homes may use physical restraints for a number of reasons:

  • Understaffing can mean staff are not present to care for everyone at once
  • Staff may want to punish a resident
  • Staff may not have the training to deal with a more challenging resident
  • To reduce liability in cases of wandering and elopement
  • Staff may be using physical restraints as a form of abuse

Nursing homes will sometimes claim restraints are needed to help keep residents and safe and to protect them from falls. In reality, however, the right medical equipment and the right support can help prevent falls. And physical restraints are not without their dangers. They can cause abrasions and even infected wounds on the skin. They can cause severe injury and even fractures if a resident resists.

Restraints can also take a big toll on mental health. A senior who is kept in physical restraints loses their independence and dignity. They lose freedom of movement and may feel depressed, confused, anxious, or even traumatized.

Restraints have been linked to a number of negative outcomes , including:

  • Bedsores
  • Cardiovascular incidents
  • Poor circulation
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Incontinence
  • Isolation
  • Agitation
  • Sprains
  • Physical Injury
  • Fractures
  • Fatalities
What You Can Do

If a loved one in a nursing home has been kept in physical restraints and has suffered an injury, contact a nursing home abuse and negligence attorney in Hollywood or your community. You may have a claim against the nursing home and may be able to seek compensation so you can pay for medical treatment and care so your loved one can recover from the abuse.

If you’d like to speak to an attorney with experience in nursing home abuse and negligence cases, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN). Your initial consultation with us is free, confidential, and comes with no obligation. Our offices in Homestead, Hollywood, and Miami serve you no matter where you are in South Florida.