It could be. Under Kentucky law, all nursing home residents have the right to be free from restraints unless they are specifically required to meet the patient’s medical symptoms. Unfortunately, many facilities use physical restraints or unprescribed prescription drugs to make patients docile (and, therefore, make less work for the staff).
The staff of a Louisville nursing home should never use restraints as:
- A means of permanently controlling the patient
- A form of punishment for a patient’s “bad” behavior
- A mode of convenience for the staff
- A substitute for physical activities or recreation
- An alternative to therapy or other treatment
Many nursing home facilities claim that restraints are necessary and are used for the safety of the patient. However, restraints should only be used as a last resort and only after all other alternatives have been tried. If your loved one does require restraints, they must be ordered by her doctor, applied by a qualified professional, and only used for a limited period of time.
If you are unsure if your relative is being legitimately restrained, our Louisville nursing home abuse attorneys can help. We can advise you on patient’s rights, investigate the nursing home for signs of malpractice, and tell you if you have a valid case of nursing home neglect in Kentucky. Call Gray and White today at (800) 634-8767 or fill out the contact form on the top of this page to start your FREE consultation.