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Is it legal for nursing homes to use restraints?

People who reside in nursing homes do so generally because they are very vulnerable. This means that they are at a higher risk of being taken advantage of or abused. If you have a loved one who resides in a nursing home in the state of Illinois, you may be concerned about the way they are being treated or have questions about what type of treatment is legal.

Many nursing home residents are subject to the use of restraints at one point or another. This is a controversial method of safeguarding very vulnerable residents who may have a habit of leaving their bed, which increases their risk of suffering from a fall, for example. If you believe that your loved one might have been mistreated due to the use of restraints, you should learn more about what type of treatment is considered illegal.

When is a use of restraints considered illegal?

Restraints may be required for medical and safety reasons, and when this is necessary, the decision should be cleared by a medical professional. When there is evidence to suggest that restraints were used in order to punish a patient for certain behavior, to limit the freedoms of the patient or as an attempt to control the patient, this will constitute abuse under Illinois law. It should be shown that a use of restraints caused minimal distress and that the decision to do so what in the nursing home resident's best interests.

If you have concerns in regard to the treatment of a loved one residing in a Chicago nursing home, it is important that you take action and stand up for their rights.

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