Nursing home restraints illegal

Nursing home restraints illegal

NURSING homes are breaking the law by restraining elderly residents in chairs and beds for more than two hours. Under guidelines set out by state and territory governments, restraints are only to be used as a last resort for a resident’s safety after all other alternatives are exhausted – and must be endorsed by the patient’s doctor and family.

It used to be `{`recommended`}` that you do some activity with them after two hours in restraints but that is not practised. That has got to do with lack of staff `{`and`}` staff who are not skilled to work with issues about behaviour and wanting to walk around.

Dr Bernoth said one NSW home bought a bed last year that could be electronically lowered for a resident with Huntington’s disease, only to return it to the manufacturer immediately after passing the accreditors’ visit. In another case, the home embarked on maintenance work required by the agency but abandoned it as soon as accreditors visited to check it was being done.

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