Given their age and fragile health, the elderly in nursing homes are more susceptible to emotional abuse. The American Public Health Association estimates that an average of 2.5 million elders experienced emotional abuse. Roughly 435,195 reports about emotional abuse come in. In 2010, the total number of cases examined by the National Center on Elder Abuse was 5,961,568. They found that 78 was the median age for victims and women constituted 67.3% of the abuse.
Their dependency on others for their care makes nursing home residents vulnerable to mistreatment. Emotional abuse can be difficult to detect, as the signs are not as tangible as other forms of cruelty. However, if an individual was emotionally harmed in a nursing home, it is important that their loved ones seek legal help.
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Forms of emotional abuse
Emotional abuse can occur both verbally and nonverbally. The psychological distress manifests differently in seniors. Cruel individuals will commit unwarranted injustices against the elderly.
Forms of emotional abuse include:
- Constantly blaming or demeaning the elderly
- Threatening behavior, such as yelling or glaring, to intimidate the individual
- Ignoring the senior
- Isolating the elder from others or from social engagements
- Humiliating the elder person
Because the aggressor may not use physical contact, it can be difficult to diagnose or suspect emotional abuse. Elders may also be reluctant to report the mistreatment, in fear of further harm or retaliation. Friends and family can look for indication of cruelty.
Signs of emotional abuse include:
- Avoids making eye contact
- Has lowered self esteem
- Sudden mood swings
- Paranoia or suspicion
- Change in eating or sleeping patterns
- Depression or distress
- Withdrawn and less likely to socialize
- Not allowed to socialize with others
When you place your loved one in a nursing home, you expect the facility to provide competent, compassionate care. It is painful to discover that your loved one experienced emotional abuse. The residents deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. If abuse does take place in a nursing home, you must report the behavior to government officials. Seeking legal counsel can help you obtain the justice you and your family deserve.
At Wyatt Law Firm, we know that you have been through a lot. Let us help. Our clients are like family. We won't rest until we have achieved the desired situation. Do not let abuse go unchecked. Contact our San Antonio nursing home abuse attorneys today. We'll aggressively fight for you. You don't have to pay unless we win!