Under Attack.

“Violence in retirement and nursing homes is a growing problem, as many seniors live longer and require long-term care that their families simply cannot provide.

An investigation into resident-on-resident abuse in long-term care homes by CTV’s W5 earlier this year found that such attacks are more common than many think. The probe found that more than 10,000 violent “incidents” in care homes are reported across Canada each year.”


I have a resident who’s been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. Before they transferred to our home, when manic, they threatened a nurse with a knife and attempted suicide.

The police have been called on several accounts on another resident for making death threats and fighting with another resident.

Violence in the work place….it’s not what you think.

Co-worker on co-worker? It happens. Long Term Care resident on another resident? It happens more often than you think. I’ve seen it – granted not to this extent – but it’s there.

Are the PSW’s and nursing staff to blame? Maybe, but it’s hard to say. When a nursing home or retirement home is under staffed, and most are, it’s next to impossible to keep your eye on everyone.  I wish I could have a camera follow me around during my shift, just so people can see how difficult this job is.

This goes much deeper than someone having a bad day or accidentally acquiring a pair of scissors. Dementia and Alzheimer’s are biggies, but let’s not forget the other forms of mental illness: Depression, Bi-Polar, Schizophrenia. Unfortunately the “mental hospital” as it was once known is no longer in existence so where do these poor souls go? Hospitals. The street and sometimes, yes, the nursing home. PSW’s and RN’s are not properly trained or equipped to deal with the potentially dangerous issues these illnesses can present.

More staff would help this situation, but we also need people who are properly trained with the skills to deal with the unknown evils mental illness brings.

Evil doesn’t even begin to describe it.



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