Nursing Home Reduces Physical Restraints For Safety

By Audrey Williams

March 2, 2011 Updated Mar 2, 2011 at 7:51 PM CDT

An area nursing home is dropping the restraints to keep their residents comfortable and safe.

In 2008, Timbercreek Rehab and Health Care in Pekin took the first step in dropping the use of physical restraints for residents who suffered from falls.

The staff and crew were re-educated to look for the cause of the falls instead of immediately issuing restraints.

Lisa Bridwell, a Quality Improvement Facilitator says, "We have used restraints in the past to prevent falls and that's not the only alternative. And when you use a physical restraint even though your goal is safety of the resident sometimes you place a risk with using the physical restraint."

In 2008, Timbercreek Rehab and Health Care Staff used physical restraints on 22 percent of the residents.

Now the facility is 100 percent restraint free.

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