Nursing Home Justice Blog
Nursing homes and their staff might not always be the direct cause of your loved one’s abuse. In many cases, violent residents and those with mental illness could put your loved one at risk for abuse.
Attacks from other residents are referred to as resident-to-resident elder mistreatment (R-REM), and they could lead to your loved one’s overall health decline if steps aren’t taken to address the issue. Here’s more on the types of R-REM and what you should do if it happens to your loved one.
Any unwelcome action a resident performs that negatively affects another resident is considered resident-to-resident elder mistreatment. Mistreatment could be verbal, physical, or sexual and could arise from roommate disputes, unprovoked actions, an invasion of privacy, or other hostile interactions.
Research suggests that R-REM is common in facilities that care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. This is primarily because these cognitive impairments are associated with behavioral symptoms, such as entering others’ rooms, yelling, or other disruptive actions.
One study found that “non-impaired residents living with or near residents with dementia had higher rates of dissatisfaction with their living situation.” Understaffed nursing homes with poorly trained staff might fail to recognize abuse. They could knowingly let it continue.
R-REM could lead to severe consequences and hinder a resident’s recovery journey. Physical attacks could cause residents to fall and suffer fractures, lacerations, concussions, bruises, and other injuries.
R-REM could also impact victims mentally. Individuals in nursing home care need a place where they feel safe to recover fully. An attack by another resident could leave victims feeling helpless, depressed, or anxious. These feelings can worsen if the abuser isn’t removed from the facility. Overall, resident-to-resident elder mistreatment decreases the victim’s quality of life.
When your loved one is assaulted by a nursing home resident, whether physically abused, sexually abused, or verbally abused, you must pay attention to the signs of abuse and act immediately. Here’s what you should do if another resident assaults your loved one:
Nursing homes must train staff members to identify any signs of R-REM and take action to prevent it. This might involve removing the violent resident from the nursing home permanently. However, negligent nursing homes often fail to train their staff to handle these issues, and other residents pay the price.
Call an Elder Abuse Lawyer at Nursing Home Justice today at (303) 775-8128 or through our contact form to schedule a free consultation if another resident attacks your loved one. We’ll listen to your story and help you recover financial compensation for your damages.