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Anti-psychotics were frequently prescribed when people had dementia. For some, a light dose may have been just the right thing, but one medication doesn't suit all elder issues. Gradually, nursing homes came under more intense scrutiny about safety and most states put strict guidelines in place about hygiene, restraints and, of course, medications for the convenience of the staff.

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Hi Karen,
Don't feel bad - they were just following regulations about restraints, as they could get in trouble if you restrained her inside.

I'm sure the nurse understood what you were doing, and why your were doing it. As long as you are careful, sometimes as a family caregiver, you have to secure your loved one for transfer in a less than "professional" way. If done carefully, and the restraint taken off when not needed, you should be okay. Is there a better option for next time.
You are a loving caregiver, and are doing your best.

I had to put my mom in a nursing home for 3 days a few yrs back because we had an ice storm and was without power for days. Anyway when I went to pick her up I started to tie her in her wheelchair so she would not fall out while loading her in the wheelchair van. The nurse said I had to do that outside . They are not allowed to retrain patients. I felt really bad about doing it . But she has fell out before and I never thought it was a bad thing.

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