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Protecting Nursing Home Residents from Each Other

For millions of families across America, deciding to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision to make, but for many it's a necessary decision. With America's elderly population living longer, healthier lives than ever before, families are having to cope with the symptoms of advanced aging, some of which we've had little experience.

When families are selecting a nursing home, they'll take a look at its cleanliness, the friendliness of the staff, and the quality of accommodations and whether the residents seem to be happy to be there.

Anyone with knowledge of nursing home abuse will be concerned about physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and theft on behalf of the caregivers – and these are all valid concerns indeed. As families worry about understaffed facilities, or nursing homes that don't perform proper background checks, there's something else they need to be concerned about: resident-on-resident abuse.

About Resident-on-Resident Abuse

If you walk into any nursing home and talk to the residents, you'll hear stories about unfriendly and aggressive residents with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. These medical conditions can cause aggression, which can lead to verbal abuse, sexual and physical assaults. While this doesn't happen to everybody, it does happen to a lot of people.

Often, the resident with Alzheimer's or dementia is physically fit and strong, but they're mentally unstable. If left unsupervised or unchecked, these residents can attack fellow residents, and sometimes these attacks are so severe that they cause fatal injuries.

Occasionally, you can have other residents who don't necessarily have dementia or Alzheimer's, but they are mean spirited and dangerous to others. This can happen when the person has a history of domestic violence, or committing violent acts throughout their life.

Resident-on-resident abuse is not something that we can turn a blind eye to because it's a real threat. We must ensure that nursing homes take quick and decisive action to stop the abuse, and they must bar the abuser from committing further acts of violence against fellow residents.

If your loved one is a victim of resident-on-resident abuse, contact a nursing home abuse attorney to discuss your legal options.

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