Involuntary seclusion is a form of nursing home abuse where a resident is isolated or confined to a specific area such as a bedroom. There are some exceptions where a resident can be confined to a space, such as when that resident is showing behaviors that put others in danger and the facility needs time to create a care plan. Residents can also be secluded in their rooms in emergency situations.
Involuntary seclusion as abuse takes many different forms. For example, when residents are put to bed after 6 pm dinner against their wishes, that is a form of involuntary seclusion. If a resident is restrained, they are being confined to a certain area by physical means.
This is illegal, and except in a few very extreme situations, any resident being restrained or sedated against their wishes is experiencing a form of abuse. Involuntary seclusion can be a damaging form of psychological abuse.
An Atlanta nursing home abuse attorney can provide more information about this form of abuse.