One in Five Nursing Home Residents Abused by Other Residents

Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Jun 24, 2016 in Nursing Home Injury or Death

resident-on-resident verbal abuseIn a new study published this month, researchers discovered that resident-on-resident abuse occurs in a minimum of one in five seniors living in nursing homes . The abuse is more prevalent than previously thought.

Researchers reviewed resident-on-resident abuse reports for one month and included data from 10 New York nursing homes, both suburban and urban. There were 2,011 residents involved in the study and researchers conducted interviews of nursing home employees and residents, along with analyzed abuse and observation reports.

Upon the study’s conclusion, researchers revealed that 407 residents were abused at least once during the past four weeks and the number of victims is equivalent to more than 20 percent of nursing home residents.

This study uncovered a disturbing level of abuse in nursing homes and revealed that efforts to reduce nursing home abuse centers more on employee to resident abuse instead of resident-on-resident abuse.

The most common types of abuse involved verbal mistreatment at 9.1 percent, privacy invasions and menacing gestures at 5.3 percent, physical abuse at 5.2 percent and sexual abuse at 0.6 percent.

Factors such as how cognitively aware residents were impacted the study. With residents living in dementia units and nurses with high caseloads, there was an increased amount of reported resident-on-resident abuse. Often times, dementia is tied to behavioral issues that could affect mistreatment.

Abuse can have devastating effects on victims. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home or long-term facility, contact Charleston nursing home abuse lawyers at Stewart Bell, PLLC immediately for a free legal consultation. We can review your concerns and determine whether you are entitled to file a lawsuit and hold negligent parties accountable. We will work diligently on your loved one’s behalf to pursue justice and maximum compensation.

Call 304-345-1700 to schedule your free case review.

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