The goal for all nurses is to provide excellent, safe patient care, and to serve as advocates for all patient populations. This task may be difficult when the behaviors of elderly patients challenge the ability of the nursing staff to carry out their care. Physical restraints in the clinical setting, especially with the elderly population, should only be employed during an emergency and only used temporarily. As our society continues to age, the health and well being of each individual needs to be protected and cared for by a team of professional clinicians. The success of our healthcare future depends, in part, upon the creation of appropriate programs to improve patient safety and become a restraint-free society.