You may have heard about restraints being used in nursing homes and how more and more facilities are turning to tie-downs as a method of controlling their residents so they can cut back on the amount of staff they have to hire. Because you don’t want your elderly loved one subjected to this type of treatment, you probably want to know how you can tell if restraints are being used to control your relative.
Some of the signs and symptoms that physical restraints are being used in a Florida nursing home include:
- Rope marks and burns on wrists and ankles
- Bruises on wrists and ankles
- Sores on wrists and ankles
Because your elderly loved one might be afraid or unable to tell you that he or she is being restrained against their will, it is important that you and other family members visit your relative frequently and at different times of the day. This way, you might be able to witness if any inappropriate behavior is occurring, such as involuntary physical restraints.
Shockingly, physical restraint abuse isn’t the only type of restraint abuse taking place in nursing homes. Sometimes nursing home workers use chemicals (i.e., overdose of prescription drugs) as a way of restraining residents so it isn’t as obvious to onlookers. While it may be more difficult to spot, residents who are chemically restrained will appear drugged. This means that if your relative slurs his or her speech more than usual or is incoherent, he or she may be a victim of nursing home restraint abuse.
If you believe your loved one is a victim of restraint abuse in a Florida nursing home, contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld to speak with a knowledgeable South Florida nursing home abuse attorney in a free case consultation today at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.