The Use of Restraints in Nursing Home and Adult Care Facilities

A restraint is any device that prevents a patient from freely moving. Restraints can include bed rails, lap buddies, table tops, geri-chairs, and any other device that prevents the resident from moving. Many studies have shown that restraints cause more injuries than they prevent. Thus, before the nursing home uses a restraint, all other possible methods should have been attempted and then, only after consultation with the physician and family, should a restraint be considered.

A nursing home may not restrain a resident except in cases of emergency (24 hours only) and then only upon receipt of a written physician’s order. Restraints may not be used for the nursing home’s convenience or as a form of discipline.

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1 Comment

  • Jennifer Clover says:

    What is the law regarding one side of bed rails? The patient is in an assisted living facility and has requested rails to assist him in moving around in the bed and keeping his pillow on the bed. We understand the restraint law but are inquiring about just using one side.

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