Managing Resident-to-Resident Elder Mistreatment in Nursing Homes: The SEARCH Approach Academic Article uri icon


  • This article describes an educational program to inform nursing and care staff of the management of resident-to-resident elder mistreatment (R-REM) in nursing homes, using the SEARCH (Support, Evaluate, Act, Report, Care plan, and Help to avoid) approach. Although relatively little research has been conducted on this form of abuse, there is mounting interest in R-REM because such aggression has been found to be extensive and can have both physical and psychological consequences for residents and staff. The goal of the SEARCH approach is to support staff in the identification and recognition of R-REM as well as to suggest recommendations for management. The educational program and the SEARCH approach are described. Three case studies from the research project are presented, illustrating how nurses and care staff can use the SEARCH approach to manage R-REM in nursing homes. Resident and staff safety and well-being can be enhanced by the use of the evidence-based SEARCH approach.


  • Ellis, J
  • Teresi, J
  • Ramirez, M
  • Silver, S
  • Boratgis, G
  • Kong, J
  • Eimicke, J
  • Sukha, G
  • Lachs, M
  • Pillemer, K

publication date

  • 2014