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Concerns about Violence

Due to a growing wave of residents with dementia, Ontario nursing homes are pleading for help from the province.

“We’re really concerned [about violence],” says Candace Chartier, chief executive of the Ontario Long Term Care Association. The association is lobbying the Ontario government for $60 million over three years so expert teams (called behavioural support teams) can be placed in more homes.

The association also surveyed members and found a staggering rise in dementia and violence.

  • 62 percent now have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, an increase of 6 percent since 2010. 
  • Nearly half (46 percent) exhibit aggressive behaviour related to dementia or a mental health condition, while more than 1 in 5 (22.2 percent) showed severe aggressive behaviour.


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