Toronto, Canada, February 8, 2016 – TheCareGuide.com (www.TheCareGuide.com), a premiere source that offers free information to older adults on elder care and housing solutions, is speaking out on the need to protect residents of long term care homes from violence brought on by other residents.
The call to action comes amidst urgings by Ontario's own long term care homes, many of which have been troubled by the issue. Currently only six of Ontario’s 626 long term care homes have received the adequate funding to bring in extra behavioral staff to help reduce the amount of violence amongst its senior residents and staff. (Source: Sher, J., “Nursing homes ask province to help reduce violence among elderly,” Ottawa Citizen web site, January 4, 2016; http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/nursing-homes-ask-province-for-help-to-reduce-violence-among-elderly.
“The problem is not going to go away, especially with the growing aging population in Canada,” notes Fred Schleich, president of TheCareGuide.com. “Seniors dealing with Alzheimer's and dementia can become aggressive and confused, and increased staff with the training and knowledge to better manage these residents would reduce serious or even fatal injuries to other residents and staff.”
The majority of violent incidents involve an aggressor with some form of dementia, but few homes are equipped to deal with residents who are identified as problematic. In an attempt to combat violence, care facilities have established strategies like keeping residents occupied to reduce stress and restlessness and provide calming environments.
“There are many ways to curb this sort of violence, but care facilities can’t do it all on their own,” laments Schleich. “It costs money to implement these solutions and extra help from the province would be extremely beneficial.”
TheCareGuide.com has served as an information resource for elderly adults and their family members since 1996. Their directory and guidance articles cover the full spectrum of care options including home care, community support, retirement homes, independent supportive living, assisted living, memory care, long term care, and hospice. It remains a valued authority on how seniors can find the retirement care option best suited for their unique needs. More information on TheCareGuide.com and the Care Guide publication can be found at www.TheCareGuide.com.