Using physical restraints on elderly people in Kentucky nursing homes seems abominable; however, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) acknowledges that restraint is not always cruel. With the right approach, the resident’s best interests in mind, and complete respect for the resident, physical restraint can be ethical—even kind.
The Benefits Outweigh the Drawbacks
According to the NCBI, physical restraints should be used only if the individual’s health, integrity, or living and caring environment would be greatly damaged if the restraints are not used. Benefits may be physical, psychological, or social. Always, the least restrictive method should be used.
The Method Should Be Individualized
Use of restraints should take into account the resident’s physical, cognitive, mobility, and sensory condition; medications being taken; history; and environment. The following actions should be taken if physical restraint is used:
- continuous monitoring of the resident’s physical condition: skin color, sensation, movement of the extremities, toileting, food and fluid intake;
- maintenance of privacy;
- regular relief from physical restraints; and
- regular evaluation of justification for restraints.
Open Communication With All Involved Parties
For physical restraint to be of optimum value, the nursing home management, the caregiving team, the resident, and the resident’s family must all be on the same page with regard to the benefit of restraints and the restrictions on their use. If any of the involved parties disagree with what is being done or has suggestions on how to improve the experience, that party should feel comfortable speaking up.
If the physical restraint of your loved one in a Kentucky nursing home is clearly not for his or her benefit, contact the Louisville nursing home abuse lawyers at Gray and White Law. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.