Use of Physical Restraints in Nursing Homes Declines

Studies have indicated that the percentage of nursing home patients using restraints restraints is on the decline. The percentage fell to 5% in 2007, down more than half from 1999, according to a recent report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Roughly 11% of all nursing home patients had physical restraints in their care plan at the end of the last decade, according to the National Healthcare Disparities Report from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The agency also noted a reduction in restraint use among individual ethnic groups in its report. Black residents experienced the least amount of restraint, dropping from 10% in 1999 to 4% in 2007. Asian and Pacific Islanders experienced the most restraint at 16% in 1999, falling to 7% in 2007.

In recent years studies found that nursing home residents who are physically restrained are prone to pressure sores and other problems, such as chronic constipation or incontinence as well as emotional problems. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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