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   Posted 2/27/2005 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
eyes  I have a question about restraints. I know restraints are supposed to be very bad. BUT my mother is falling. Six months ago she broke her wrist in a fall. A few weeks ago she broke her ankle in a fall. She cannot remember she has a cast on the ankle and so she gets up to go to the bathroom or whatever and takes a tumble. Her fall was so bad this last time that they had to call x-ray in to x-ray her head. I do not understand why they can't put seat belts in these wheel chairs for people that have problems. They use bed alarms and she removes them. They finally started getting her up at 5:00 AM and parking her in front of the nurses station. What do others think of some gentle restraints of some kind to prevent all of these serious falls. I would be a terrible mother is I did not use something to secure a child. Any ideas??

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   Posted 2/28/2005 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
The law says NO RESTRAINTS.But I think it's alot of whooie.I would rather be restained than have to have surgery to have a break repaired.

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   Posted 2/28/2005 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Restraints are against the law as posted above.......but if you are able to find a way to protect her by restricting her movements so she is not at such a risk for falling I would say do it .You have your mothers care at heart.In Canada they do have belts made with velcro to put around their waist in the w/c and for the table topto go in front of person.I hope you find a way to help your mom as SnowyLynne said she would rather avoid the surgery.Take Care and GOD BLESS
...........I can"t give solutions to all of life"s problems,doubts or fears.But I can listen to you and together we will search for answers.............excertp from a poem"PORTRAIT OF A FRIEND"  Take Care and GOD BLESS........................lyn

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   Posted 3/2/2005 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Sue99............another thing that we are allowed by law to use here in Canada is a POSY bar....this too goes across the lap of person in w/c.............this still is not called a restraint as the person could get out if determined enough.I think you are justified in your concerns over your mother and the falling.Would you be able to talk to the Administrator or Director of Care about your concerns and ask if any of above mentioned ideas may be okay ?The seatbelt and post bar are gentle ways to ensure her safety,but again I think you have to talk with the DOC or Admin of the facility.I hope you get some answers and soon ..........God Bless and Keep Your Mom Safe From Harm
    I cannot keep your feet from stumbling..........I can only offer my hand that you might grasp it and not fall...........Lyn

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