Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior or words towards another person. Bulling can be done verbally, physically, or socially. Bullying is commonly thought to only happen in schools and workplaces, but did you know that bullying can occurring among seniors as well? Bullying among seniors is becoming a national problem. As the retirement population increases and more seniors enter in senior care homes, more social workers and senior center officials are noticing a growing number of seniors bullying other seniors. It is believed that 10% – 20% of elderly seniors in assisted living programs experience some type of abuse by their fellow residents. That’s surprising.
Due to this speculation, many senior housing facilities have implemented a “Code of Conduct” policy. The Code of Conduct usually has rules and regulations such as, no yelling, obscene language, and other verbal abuse. Some home health care facilities and assisted living areas take things a bit further and require the seniors to sign the Code of Conduct as a way of saying that they have read and understood the rules and regulations. The members must treat all their fellow residents with consideration, respect, and recognition of dignity.
Another way to make sure that the seniors at a senior care center do not bully other seniors is by creating a workshop or class that all the seniors must attend that speaks about the topic of bullying. The workshop will discuss what kinds of behavior and verbalization is appropriate at the home service facility. The class will make it extremely clear that bullying of any kind will not be tolerated.
Many companies and organizations in West Palm Beach, FL are dedicating time and effort to help those seniors who have been bullied in the past by residents at a home health care center. Always Best Care Senior Services is one of those companies in West Palm Beach that advises all of their current and new residents that they do not tolerate bullying of any kind. Always Best Care makes sure that no senior bullying takes place in their facilities. Always Best Care is dedicated to the principles of dignity, respect, and kindness. For more information on Always Best Care’s Code of Conduct, contact a Care Coordinator at the West Palm Beach office at (561) 463-0390.