Is Your Elderly Loved One Being Emotionally Abused?
When you decide to entrust a nursing home with your loved one’s care, you are relying on the facility to make sure that your loved one is safe, healthy and happy. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes treat their patients with the love and respect they deserve. In fact, some nursing home staff may even abuse their charges emotionally. Below is some basic information about emotional abuse and its potential effects.
What Is Emotional Abuse?
Emotional abuse is any action that harms the elder psychologically or emotionally. Examples include:
- Ignoring the individual
- Humiliating them
- Intimidating them
- Degrading them
- Denying the individual interactions with others
In many cases, emotional abuse occurs because a nursing home is understaffed or simply employs the wrong people. However, emotional abuse is never acceptable in any circumstance.
Effects of Emotional Abuse
The potential effects of emotional abuse vary. Some of the effects you may notice if your loved one is experiencing emotional abuse include:
- Mood swings
- Fear or shyness
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- Avoidance of eye contact
- Low self-esteem
- Changes in personality
Over time, the effects of ongoing emotional abuse may become more pronounced. Some elders suffering from abuse may become withdrawn and/or stop caring for themselves. Others may express a desire to hurt themselves, or they may even attempt to commit suicide.
Hiring a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
No one deserves to be treated badly, especially in a nursing home environment. If you believe that your loved one has been the victim of emotional abuse, you must not allow the abuse to continue. Remove your loved one from the situation immediately and find him or her alternative care. People who have been victims of emotional abuse in a nursing home may also be entitled to compensation from the facility. If you think that your loved one has been abused, you should consult a nursing home abuse attorney to learn more about your rights under the law.
The experienced lawyers at Garcia, Artigliere & Medby have represented countless victims of nursing home abuse. Contact us today.