When you put your loved one in a nursing home, you might know about alert to neglect or abuse committed by a staff member. But what happens when your loved one is the victim of abuse, and the perpetrator is a fellow resident? Is the resident responsible? Is the resident’s family liable? Or is it the responsibility of the nursing home to prevent any type of abuse? Here, you can learn how to protect your loved one from resident on resident abuse.

Common Forms of Resident to Resident Abuse

Recent studies have revealed that in some nursing homes, aggression and violence are common. Often, this behavior is exhibited by residents themselves. A few common examples of abuse by residents in nursing homes include:

  • Stolen property. All nursing home residents have a right to privacy and the security of their possessions, but, some residents will go into other residents’ rooms and take their property, attempt to obtain their financial information, and commit other crimes.
  • Physical abuse. Some nursing home residents with behavioral issues may not properly handle altercations. In these situations, kicking, hitting, and biting other residents may occur. Despite the motivation for these actions, it is the home’s responsibility to prevent it.
  • Sexual abuse. When a large group of people live together, sexual interaction could arise. But, in some situations, sexual advances can be unwanted. One resident might sexually abuse another by making sexual advances without consent.
  • Verbal abuse. This is a common form of abuse among nursing home residents. Verbal altercations that involve screaming and insults can take place in a nursing home. Sometimes, two residents might find themselves in an argument because they dislike one another. Or they are experiencing some type of conflict. In other situations, a resident with mental or behavioral problems might verbally abusing another resident.

Who is at Fault?

When one nursing home resident abuses another in any way, the abuser is not the only one held liable. All nursing homes have a legal obligation to protect everyone in the home. All nursing home residents have the right to be free from physical or emotional abuse. This includes abuse committed by other residents. The nursing home is responsible for any negative encounters within the home.

Issues like understaffing, and lack of awareness can lead to this type of abuse. Nursing homes should prevent resident on resident abuse by working to resolve conflicts between residents. Staff should remain alert to any issues, and keeping communication open among staff members. Staff should also know how to recognize and stop abuse that they observe in the home.

If your loved one got abuse by another nursing home resident, they deserve justice. You and your family should further investigate the situation. This can determine what steps the nursing home took to prevent this abuse. This investigation will help you understand the extent that the home protects your parent. This could play a factor in the home’s liability.