Emotional Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes
Non-Physical Abuse is Still Abuse. Call our Emotional Elder Abuse Attorneys.
Not all forms of nursing home abuse are easy to identify. In some cases, abuse is subtle and insidious. One such type of elder abuse is that of emotional abuse. While it is not as obvious as bed sores, sepsis, or even financial exploitation, it can cause just as much damage to the victim. If you believe that your loved one is suffering from some form of emotional elder abuse, we encourage you to get in touch with our emotional abuse attorneys from Pintas & Mullins as soon as possible. We serve clients in all 50 states, and will travel to meet you.
Symptoms & Warning Signs of Emotional Elder Abuse
Because victims of pyschological abuse are often manipulated or intimidated into remaining silent, it’s important to recognize the signs of potentional emotional elder abuse. Signs of emotional elder abuse include:
- Symptoms of depression and withdrawal
- Appears shyer than before
- Avoiding eye contact with certain caregivers
- Engaging in self harming activities
Reporting Emotional Elder Abuse
If you notice signs of possible psychological abuse of a family member or loved one, it’s important to take immediate action. The abuse may not be an isolated patient incident, meaning many more patients in the facility could be at risk. Contact the facility to file a formal complaint. Follow up with proper resources on the state level to ensure the nursing facility is held responsible.
Psychological Abuse Can Be Devastating
Emotional abuse refers to when a caregiver, volunteer, resident, or staff member causes psychological damage.
Common forms of elder emotional abuse include:
- Humiliating or ridiculing the resident
- Blaming or using the resident as a scapegoat
- Intimidating the resident with threats or yelling
- Isolating the resident from social activities
- Ignoring the resident entirely
Elderly Abuse Is Far Too Common
In fact, the National Center on Elder Abuse and the Bureau of Justice Statistics stated that more than 435,000 cases of elder emotional abuse was reported in 2012. This type of behavior can cause your loved one to feel hopeless, insecure, and vulnerable—something that is made even worse by knowing residents are entirely dependent on the facility for everything from their meals, to hygiene care, to mobility and socialization. Because they are so vulnerable, many residents are hesitant to report the abuse and are often manipulated or intimidated to stay quiet and subdued.
Let Our Elder Abuse Attorneys Help You
If you or someone you love is being victimized by emotional or psychological abuse, we urge you to contact an attorney from Pintas & Mullins. We offer free, confidential consultations and are available to travel to you.