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I like my job and what I do, although what recently happened to me has made me think otherwise. I work in a home and one of the residents got angry with me and began to physically attack me. I didn't get punched or anything, but several items were flung at me and I'm still shaken by the event. I understand that people with mental illnesses don't always understand how to properly express their feelings, and there's a reason why this one has to live in a home, but I think there should be *some* sort of accountability. This resident doesn't have a behavior plan and I talked to my supervisor about what we could do to help the situation. He said that things like this are going to happen, and he's not making a behavior plan for her because she'll never change. I don't want this to happen again but I know it will, and it could be more serious to the point where I could get really hurt. What should I do? Without a degree, there aren't many jobs out there in this field. Just to let everyone know, I did NOT provoke the resident in any way. My supervisor decided that he didn't want her to go somewhere and told me to tell the resident. When I told her, she got upset and began to attack me. Like I said before, I understand that there is a reason why she is living in a home, but I think she needs to have some sort of plan in place to help work through these situations. The supervisor thinks that I should just deal with it--- which I am, but I'm lucky I didn't get any bruises or anything because then my fiance would make me quit. I've looked for other jobs but unless you have a degree, you can't get anything better. I've also looked for daycare jobs, but you need to be there monday through friday at set times, and if I ever want to finish college, that won't work. I just need some ideas on new jobs and other ways to approach this with my supervisor.

Asked By: Flowergardener - 5/24/2008
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If you work at a state funded home then the resident you are talking about MUST have a plan of care to address this inappropriate behavior. The staff working with this resident must know what to do when this behavior occurs and what triggers the behavior. The first thing you need to do is talk to the person who does... More
Answered By: tulla - 5/24/2008
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I agree with you. There should be some time of behavior plan. If everyone gets together, I bet you can come up with a plan for her to deal in some way with consequences. I believe you can change behavior this way. If you don't do anything, you are saying her behavior is okay and it isn't. Good for you. If you can... More
Answered By: Simmi - 5/24/2008
 
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