When someone mentions nursing home abuse, chances are, you think of injuries inflicted on patients by the staff that is supposed to be caring for residents. But the staff aren’t always the ones perpetrating abuse. Sometimes abuse comes at the hands of other residents, and it’s no wonder it happens. Residents are, at times, confused as to where they are and who those around them might be, or sometimes taking medications with side effects that can include exacerbating anger issues.
In fact, such mistreatment among fellow nursing home residents is so prevalent that it triggered a study by Cornell University in 2014. The report determined that, in the population studied by the university, about one in five residents suffered resident-on-resident mistreatment during a four-week period. Verbal incidents like screaming or cursing were most common, followed by events such as a resident entering another’s room to go through his or her possessions. Physical altercations, such as hitting or biting, and incidents of sexual misconduct, such as exposure or touching, were also noted in the survey.
A Scottsville, Kentucky personal care home even had a murder . According to reports, the victim of the murder was a 71-year-old man who was strangled with a lamp cord in his room at the Scottsville facility. Reports also suggest that the man’s 35-year-old roommate may have been responsible for the crime.