It will not surprise people who spend time in nursing homes — who live or work there, who volunteer or visit family members — that residents can lash out at each other. âResident A is sitting in a wheelchair in a common area, yelling out,â said Karl Pillemer, a Cornell University gerontologist and researcher, recounting an actual, and typical, example from his latest study. âResident B goes over and says, âBe quiet, stop yelling.â Resident A hits Resident B on the hand. The nursing aide separates them, then sees someone else wandering and has to leave. When she does, Resident B kicks Resident A, and the cycle continues.â It happens. Nursing facilities house people who are disinhibited, who have dementia, who share close quarters with strangers, who may suffer pain or lose their ability to communicate in more acceptable ways. On occasion, some will hit, kick, grab, bite and shove. Or threaten, bully and fling insults, including racial slurs. Or say and do things that are sexually inappropriate. What may surprise people — and it certainly stunned Dr. Pillemer and his fellow researchers — is how often such incidents occur. Their five-year study, presented at the Gerontological Society of Americaâs… Read full this story
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