May 21, 2012
The inaugural report by the Ontario Long-Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety emphasized the need for specialized nursing homes for elderly residents with behavioral problems.
A large number of nursing home abuse issues occur between residents. For example, a patient with dementia may wander into another resident’s room which could cause a physical altercation.
Other abuse issues arise when residents with behavioral issues attack staff and even visitors.
The task force argues that nursing homes that provide special care to residents with behavioral issues will reduce the likelihood of these type of abuse issues.
A representative for the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly called this issue “extremely important” toward ensuring safety in nursing homes.
While physical nursing home abuse is often caused by staff abusing residents, there have been many cases of residents attacking other residents, often due to negligence on the part of the nursing home. A nursing home abuse lawyer can help you and your family if you suspect any form of abuse or neglect in a nursing home.