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Resident-on-Resident Abuse

A growing cause of injuries in nursing homes results from resident-on-resident abuse. All too often, nursing homes choose to keep certain residents in the facility, even though they know that these residents pose a threat to other residents and to themselves. The abuse by residents can include both physical and sexual abuse.

What’s the issue?

The reason many nursing homes allow dangerous residents to remain is clear: many nursing homes need to fill their beds with residents—even dangerous residents–to increase that nursing home’s revenue.

In fact, on several occasions, the Directors of Nursing and Administrators have testified under oath that even when they wanted to remove dangerous residents from their facilities, the nursing home owners would require that said residents remain in order to increase profits.

elderly woman being comforted by caregiver after abuse

When nursing homes put their own residents at risk in order to maintain profits, they need to be held accountable. Residents who abuse other residents physically or sexually should be removed immediately.

This issue is taken lightly far too often, with inaction being the response. If a loved one tells you about resident-on-resident abuse taking place, make sure to find out if the resident still remains in the nursing home and report misconduct accordingly.


No family wants to face having to put a loved one into a nursing home. However, if it is necessary to take this step, the family deserves to know that the promises of the nursing home to take care of their parent(s) are true.

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