It sounds as if the nursing home may be trying to decrease the use of restraints. A geri chair is a restraint because it limits a person’s ability to move or get out of the chair. Any type of restraint has drawbacks that can result in serious injuries. However, some people feel a sense of comfort when sitting in a geri chair verses sitting in a wheelchair. In this situation, work together with the nursing home to get a doctor’s order due to patient request.
To make the wheelchair more comfortable for your grandmother, cushions can be adapted to increase comfort and protect her legs. In addition, to prevent injury keep your grandmother’s wheelchair away from tables and other hazardous areas. If the thrashing and injuries continue to occur, ask the director of nursing if a geri chair can be used instead.