Case study: Anger, Hostility, and Aggression A confused elderly… Case study: Anger, Hostility, and Aggression A confused elderly male who resides in a nursing home has a primary diagnosis of dementia. The client is 6 feet tall and has a large frame. While sitting in the residents’ dining room eating lunch, he becomes annoyed with the noisy verbal disturbance caused by another resident. He yells at the resident telling her to be quiet. A visitor to the nursing home places her hand over the client’s mouth, in an effort to stop his yelling. He is startled by this action and responds by striking the visitor in the jaw. The visitor reports the incident to the nurse and shares, “I don’t understand why he hit me like that.” a. Why did the client react aggressively by striking out at the visitor’s action?b. What behaviors and indicators or cues should the nurse assess for in the client who displays anger inappropriately? Source:Videbeck, S. L. (2020). Psychiatric – Mental Health Nursing. (8th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. Health Science Science NursingNUR 123
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