A new study has revealed that an often neglected and understudied area of nursing home abuse is peer to peer abuse in long term care facilities. While it is widely recognized that staff harming residents is unfortunately too common in nursing homes, new research suggests that residents may be suffering from physical abuse at the hands of other residents. There has been little research in this area, but it is clearly necessary to be aware of this danger. Residents, commonly suffering from dementia, have been shown to be triggered by competition over a seat in front of the TV, unwanted touching or resident’s wandering into each other’s rooms. The abuse is rarely malicious and is caused by confusion and the absence of staff supervision. A neglectful staff that allows unsupervised contact between residents with dementia, specifically, can be held responsible for this type of abuse.
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