BC’s Seniors Advocate has released what she describes as her first comprehensive report focusing on seniors’ services.
The report finds that 16 people died in the last three years in resident-on-resident aggression at care facilities.
Isobel Mackenzie says more information is needed to find out why.
“It’s complicated. You’re dealing with a population — the majority of which have a diagnosis of dementia. You have to layer on top of that mental health issues which – if you’ve been afflicted with mental health issues all your life – you’ll likely be afflicted with them in your senior years as well.”
She adds: “A symptom (dementia) will present in some people with some dementias is aggressive behaviour, a symptom it will present in some people with some dementias is delusions.”
Mackenzie says she will look into the issue further to see if there are any patterns.