Nursing homes have a duty to provide the highest standards of care to individual residents. Nonetheless, such facilities also have other responsibilities. For instance, the safety of staff has to be taken into consideration as well as the standard of care across residents as a collective.
Typically, nursing home staff and management are well-equipped to deal with behavioral issues. However, there are rare occasions where a senior’s conduct may put others at risk. Outlined below are a few examples of how seniors can cause issues for others in nursing homes.
Abusive behavior toward staff
There are occasions when vulnerable residents may act out. This is something that staff is usually trained to deal with and there is often nobody to blame. But, there are also instances where residents know full well what they are doing when engaging in abusive behavior toward staff.
Sometimes, relations between the resident and staff member can become so hostile that the worker no longer feels able to come in. As previously stated, institutions have a responsibility to ensure that staff members feel safe at all times.
Intimidation of other residents
Residents in nursing homes are not obliged to be best friends, but they should be able to live peacefully with one another. Of course, an odd disagreement will arise, but there’s a big difference between this and bullying or toxic behavior.
Sadly, as with other adults, the playground mentality can stick with a minority of seniors, and they may bully other residents. As stated previously, nursing homes have a duty to ensure the safety of all residents as a collective.
Can nursing home residents be discharged?
In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to discharge residents. Before taking any definitive steps, make sure you have sought some legal guidance.