Care Home Safe Holding: Care homes in Canada plead for help with aggressive residents

February 1, 2014

Residents of long-term care homes are at risk because almost half have problems with aggression, warn associations representing the homes.

“Dealing with the challenges of people who are significantly aggressive is what keeps administrators up at night,” Donna Rubin, CEO of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, said this week.

“Residents with aggressive behaviours and mental health issues are our core population. More dedicated and specialized resources are required to build capacity and provide care for their needs, while maintaining safe homes for all,” Chartier said.

According to Chartier’s association, of Ontario’s 77,600 long-term care residents:

  • 11 per cent are severely aggressive while another 35 per cent display moderate aggressive behaviours;
  • 38 per cent have psychiatric or mood disorders;
  • 61 per cent have Alzheimer’s or other dementias;
  • 93 per cent have two or more chronic diseases.

There have been 27 deaths of residents in long-term care homes since 2001.

Just last November, a resident of Toronto’s Castleview Wychwood Towers was charged with second-degree murder after another resident died from injuries to his head.

Long-term care homes want the next provincial budget to include more funding for behaviour therapists, personal support workers, training and designated behaviour units.

“We cannot guarantee the safety of our residents,” Rubin warned. “If a viable and adequately funded solution is not implemented, we will continue to put residents and staff at risk.”

 

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Gerard O'Dea is the Director of Training for Dynamis. Training Advisor, Speaker, Author and Expert Witness on Personal Safety, Conflict Management and Physical Interventions, he is the European Advisor for Vistelar Conflict Management, a global programme focussing on the spectrum of human conflict.

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