Bullying in nursing homes

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Bullying in nursing homes

Nursing home abuse takes many forms, which may create challenges for you when attempting to ensure that your loved one is receiving proper care in his or her community living situation in New York. Vulnerability to peers may arise from limitations created by medical problems, so a resident may not be forthcoming about issues caused by those who also live in the closed environment. We at The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny are familiar with the subtle indicators of elder abuse, and we frequently advise families who are concerned about the issues affecting their loved ones.

It is up to the nursing home staff to create the guidelines that prevent threats to the welfare of your family member. However, SeniorHomes.com reports that studies show ill-treatment from other residents affects as many as 20 percent of those in assisted living settings. This often includes bullying, which is defined as intentional intimidation and harm to another. Those who are consistently subjected to this behavior often suffer significant emotional trauma. In some cases, victims of bullying become desperate enough to commit suicide.

Even though this behavior often goes unreported, staff still have the responsibility to prevent it. Effective strategies may include clearly defined zero-tolerance policies that are communicated to all residents, nursing home staff and family members. Training on the identification of bullying and a reporting process should also be in place. Medical staff should assess the perpetrator as well, to determine whether he or she is suffering from mental health issues such as dementia that could contribute to the harassment. For more information about the rights of residents, please visit our web page.

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