Lambton Nursing Homes Seek Help For Resident-On-Resident Abuse

There’s been a dramatic increase in the number of resident-on-resident abuse cases in Ontario nursing homes.

From 2006 to 2016, the number of reports per day more than doubled from four to nine.

While the figures for Lambton County nursing homes haven’t been as high, Lambton Long-Term Living General Manager Jane Joris says they’ve had a few reports every year over the same time frame.

The numbers are more steady in Lambton than in other parts of Ontario, but Joris says more still needs to be done in the community.

“We have teams embedded in our homes that are able to work with people who have challenging behaviours because of their disease process,” she says. “The thing is we have limited staffing, and we’re waiting for some funding that the government has announced for increasing in staffing.”

Although money is on the way from the province to help long-term care homes, Joris says it’s not as simple as just increasing funding.

“We need to make sure that we have enough people and the right mix of people,” she says. “So it’s not just throwing money at it, it’s getting the right people in the jobs too.”

Experts from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care say limited staffing and a growing number of residents with dementia are the two main factors behind the rise.