A recent study done at Cornell and featured in WUSF public media reveals that resident on resident attacks are a growing problem in Florida's nursing homes and assisted living facilities. According to the recent study, of the nursing home residents randomly sampled, almost 20% reported an altercation with another resident. This can include physical assaults, resident fights, sexual abuse or uncontrolled temper tantrums from demented patients. When a resident attacks another residents, serious injury and trauma can result.
The researchers also indicate that the nursing home staff accept this kind of resident on resident assault as inevitable. We know that the Florida's chapter 400 guarantees Florida's nursing home residents protection from abuse and neglect. This includes protection from other dangerous residents.
Resident on Resident Fights and Assaults - What Now?
If your loved one was violently assaulted, sexually assaulted or injured at the hands of another resident, make sure they seek medical attention immediately. Once their medical needs are met, report the elder abuse to the administrator and DON of the nursing home or ALF. If the abuse took place in Florida, you can report it to our state's free elder abuse hotline, at 1-800-96-Abuse. Lastly, speak with our Florida nursing home abuse attorney in order to learn about your rights and compensation for the incident.