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Violent Seniors?

Posted on Wed, November 13, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Many people will be shocked to learn that as many as 11% of seniors in long-term care facilities have been classified as ``aggressive``.  A recent article in the Toronto Star quotes a report by the Ontario Associationof Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS) that suggests that almost 8,600 of Ontario`s 78,000 long-term care residents are aggressive.  Worse, nursing homes are not sufficiently staffed to deal with the situation.  For a full article synopsis and link, see our Press Releases page.

At NursingHomeRatings.ca, this underscores the need for regular visits to be paid to elderly family members and friends.  While there, get to know other residents, especially roommates.  Look for any signs of worrisome behaviour and report it to staff.  Upon your next visit, ask what was done about the situation.  Hold staff accountable for change.  If you see perennial inaction, make sure you speak directly to the Nursing Home Administrator.  Remember that while most staff are courteous, well trained, and hardworking, not all are.  We also recommend that you perform quick visual inspections of your loved one for any signs of trauma or abuse that might have gone unnoticed.  If you see something that is amiss, report it and be extra vigilant.    

For a number of reasons, nursing home and long-term care home residents are becoming increasingly aggressive.  To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

 

 


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