Is Roommate Assault Considered Nursing Home Abuse?

As we reported in January, when people think about examples of nursing home abuse and neglect, they often forget about instances of assault.

Unfortunately, violence and/or abuse are not uncommon at nursing homes. According to ABC News, over the course of a two-year period last decade, almost 30 percent of nursing homes in the U.S. were cited over allegations of “serious, physical, sexual and verbal abuse.” These instances of abuse allegedly included assaults initiated by residents on each other.

This is why it is important to document issues if you believe that your loved one may be facing violence at a nursing home. If you believe that an act of violence has occurred, you may want to report it to the police, as an investigation may be warranted.

Additionally, it may be wise to speak to an attorney, who can conduct an independent investigation into the allegations and document evidence that may prove important to a lawsuit, if negligence on the behalf of a facility played a role in an incident.

Roommate Accused of Assaulting Algood Nursing Home Resident

We bring up this subject because a Midstate family alleged that their loved one was beaten by his roommate at a Signature Healthcare Nursing Home. According to WSMV-TV, the 82-year-old Korean War veteran’s family alleges that he sustained a broken nose, and that his cheekbone and eye socket sustained severe swelling during an assault.

The man, who allegedly suffers from dementia, claimed that his new roommate beat him with a glass bottle. The victim was reportedly taken to a local hospital for injury treatment. Local authorities investigated the assault but declined to press charges because the man who reportedly initiated the incident also suffers from dementia.

The victim’s family is upset with the decision. “Somebody had seen potential for harm, injury, abuse on this individual, and someway, somehow, somebody dropped the ball,” the victim’s daughter told WSMV.

Talking to an Attorney about Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing homes have a duty to make sure all residents are safe. This includes shielding them from potentially violent acts committed by other residents. Facilities must have policies in place that identify residents who may be violent, making sure they are not at-risk for assaulting their roommates.

Do not allow your family member to suffer at the hands of a nursing home’s negligent policies. Make sure you speak to an attorney about holding it liable following an assault or abuse incident.

“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” – Psalms 23:3