Physical and Chemical Restraints in Nursing Homes
The use of physical and chemical restraints for nursing home patients is only acceptable when such restraints are necessary for safety purposes. Unfortunately, irresponsible and negligent nursing home staff in Kankakee sometimes overuse physical and chemical restraints for either discipline or convenience. In 1987, the Nursing Home Reform Act made these actions illegal, and as such, nursing home residents who have suffered from this unfair treatment may be eligible to pursue justice in through a personal injury lawsuit. At Spiros Law, P.C., we understand how difficult it is to hear that your loved one has been mistreated in a nursing home, and we are here to help.
Types of Physical and Chemical Restraints
Kankakee nursing home staff may wrongly justify the use of physical and chemical restraints for a number of reasons, including improper patient to staff ratios and disciplinary reasons. Some of the most common forms of restraints involve the following:
- Bed rails
- Wrist or ankle restraints
- Hand mitts
- Restrictive chairs
- Psychoactive drugs
- Bed sheets
The use of any of these restraints for the wrong reasons is unlawful, and the nursing home abuse lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., can help you pursue justice against irresponsible nursing home staff in Kankakee.
Contact a Kankakee Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today
It’s incredibly difficult to entrust the care and safety of our loved ones to strangers, and it is heartbreaking when we hear news that they are being unfairly treated. If your loved one has suffered from the improper use of physical and chemical restraints in Kankakee, call (815) 929-9292 to speak with a qualified lawyer of Spiros Law, P.C., today.