Why are guardrails illegal in nursing homes?

This is a common misconception. Guardrails are not always illegal in nursing homes. However, improper and unnecessary restraint involving the guardrails is, as is using guardrails for a resident who does not need them. Guardrails can cause injuries to residents if they break, as they can lead to a resident falling out of their bed. While guardrails are not inherently illegal, they are generally not used unless ordered by a doctor. If your loved one has a tendency to fall, ask the nursing home they are staying in to use them, or speak with your loved one’s doctors and have them discuss the matter with the nursing home. Either way, make sure your friend or family member is properly taken care of.

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