I have a relative that likes for her bed to be placed right next to the wall. She has speech problems and there are printed messages taped on the wall that she can point to indicating what she wants the nurses to do, ie change her positioning, get her out of bed, etc., The administrator says that there are regulations in California that dictate the bed has to be a certain distance from the wall, even though her bed's been in the same position next to the wall for years. Evidently the regulation stems from court cases where patients somehow got stuck in between the bed and the wall. Though this is not a concern for my relative since she can't roll over on her own and never had an incident in countless years.
I'm wondering can a patient sign a waiver of some sort (similar to a bed rail consent form) so that they can keep their bed next to the wall? He wasn't sure about this issue and told me to ask around to see if there was any way around it.