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Use of restraints on elderly patients--are those considered elder abuse?

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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
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In brief: Usually safety issue

Preferable to use restraints than have an elder fall out of bed or chair or go wandering off and find themselves in dangerous situations.
Most hospitals and nursing homes do not have enough staff to have one on one caretakers all the time. Restraints are thus often necessary for economic reasons. Abuse would be the use of restraints purely as a punishment.

In brief: Usually safety issue

Preferable to use restraints than have an elder fall out of bed or chair or go wandering off and find themselves in dangerous situations.
Most hospitals and nursing homes do not have enough staff to have one on one caretakers all the time. Restraints are thus often necessary for economic reasons. Abuse would be the use of restraints purely as a punishment.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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