I work in a 30 bed facility as an LPN. My question is, should combative residents be living in the same facilities as non combative residents? Or should they be put in a facility where there are male orderlies to help control them when they get out of hand. We have an all female staff of nurses and nurses aides. ( there have been male nurses and aides in the past ). I just hate going into a room and not knowing if you're going to see the good behavior of a resident, or an agitated state where they want to swing, punch, kick, etc. u. We have 3 male and 1 female residents who are frequently combative with care. . *Knock on wood* no one has been seriously hurt yet.
I would just like to know other people's opinions regarding this subject. I just know my fellow staff is tired of wondering if its going to be a good day/night everytime u walk into their room.