Goal: Autonomy and Dignity for ALL Older Adults
Reseachers have documented that restraining older people results in chronic
constipation, incontinence, pressure sores, loss of bone mass, muscle atrophy,
decreased ability to walk, and eventual invalidism. Combined with the loss of
dignity, withdrawal, and other emotional problems, it is a tremendous price to
pay to prevent a possible injury. While the use of physical restraints is
believed to be for the resident's protection, the physical, emotional, and
spiritual well-being needed for rehabilitation is destroyed.
Untie the Elderly has been successful in its quest to:
increase awareness of the damaging effects of physical restraints;
offer support and expertise to providers interested in implementing a
influence legislators and public policy, thus impacting the quality of care in
nursing facilities on a national level.