If the client’s feet are secured, isn’t that considered a restraint?

A positioning device, such as an ankle strap, is designed to maintain alignment with the support surfaces (i.e. a footplate), provide stability and postural support and to promote function. A restraint is intended to limit movement to protect the client and/or others.

For specific restraint regulations and documentation requirements to allow provision of necessary postural supports, please refer to “Positioning vs. Restraint” under our Downloadable Resources.