Dealing with Violent Behavior From Elderly Loved Ones

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on November 30, 2015 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights
Updated on April 25, 2024

elderly violent behaviorIn the elderly, behaviors can be altered as a result of illness and aging. Violent behaviors can be not only dangerous, but difficult for caregivers to deal with, especially when the caregiver is a family member.

The process of aging can arouse anger and aggression in elderly patients. Violent behavior is often a symptom of distress, either mental or physical. It can also be caused by illnesses such as Alzheimers disease or dementia.

To protect an elderly loved one as well as themselves, caregivers must be equipped with skills to understand and deal with violent behavior.

Handling Violent Behavior

When interacting with an elderly loved one who is behaving violently, it is important that caregivers not take this behavior personally. The elderly may not be conscious of their violence or abusive behavior. If aggression is a symptom of Alzheimers disease or dementia, the patient is not in control of the violent behavior they are exhibiting.

Often, the elderly save this sort of behavior for the loved ones they are closest to. Family caregivers may want to consider hiring a professional in-home caregiver to provide needed breaks. With an unfamiliar helper, violent behaviors may be curbed.

Family members should discuss these behaviors with their elderly loved ones. Physical abuse toward caregivers may require professional intervention from a counselor or even law enforcement.

Dangers of Violent Behaviors in Residential Care Facilities

Violent behavior can also be a problem in nursing home facilities. This type of behavior by patients can be deadly.

Recently, a resident of an assisted living facility in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was charged with stabbing a man to death who had intervened in a confrontation between the suspect and a woman, who also suffered stab wounds.

At the law offices of PKSD, we are committed to protecting your elderly loved ones from negligent care while upholding their rights. If violence has injured your loved one in a nursing home, an injury lawyer Milwaukee can help. Contact us at  414-333-3333 for a free case evaluation.

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