Emotional abuse of your loved one by nursing home staff is not always easy to detect. Unlike physical abuse, which typically results in visual bruising or other signs, emotional abuse is easier to hide. By paying close attention to changes in your loved one, you can better determine if they have experienced emotional abuse.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, signs of emotional abuse can include:
- Withdrawing from friends, family, and activities
- Reports of abuse
If your loved one is in a nursing home, it is most likely because they need more care than you can provide. You trust the nursing home administration and staff to provide the best care possible. Changes in your loved one’s demeanor, interests, and habits are signals that someone is intentionally hurting them.
Do not rely on your loved one to share what they experience with you. Most likely, they fear retaliation if they report the abuse. If you suspect that emotional abuse is the cause of changes in your loved one’s emotional, psychological, and physical health, seek justice. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now for a free case evaluation: (800) 842-6336.
Why Emotional Abuse May Happen
Elderly nursing home residents rely on others for help with daily tasks. From assistance with dressing and bathing to a reliance on staff for their medications, their dependency makes them vulnerable to abuse.
Many nursing homes are understaffed, according to data analysis by Kaiser Health News. Staff shortages can leave them ill-tempered and with little patience for your elderly loved one.
The low wages and staffing shortages of nursing homes are not your problems, nor are they your loved one’s fault. If you visit your loved one and hear shouting and other forms of emotional abuse, relocate your loved one and contact us.
Examples of Verbal Emotional Abuse of the Elderly
The elderly are often slower to hear and respond to instructions. They require patience, and caring for them requires dedication. Yelling at them does not make them move faster. If anything, it can intimidate them so much that they do not move at all. There is no excuse for verbal emotional abuse. Examples of such abuse include:
- Yelling at them
- Threatening them
- Insulting them
- Embarrassing them in front of others
- Cursing at them
Nonverbal abuse of the elderly is another common occurrence in nursing homes. Examples of nonverbal abuse include such actions as:
- Ignoring your loved one
- Giving your loved one the silent treatment
- Limiting access to liquids and food
- Hiding their belongings
- Treating them as if they are a child
- Isolating them or preventing them from socializing
Emotional abuse of the elderly can result in serious psychological issues such as fear, sadness, agitation, and nervousness. The abuse can also cause a decline in your loved one’s health due to missed medications, a lack of nutrition, and other outcomes associated with elder abuse.
Your loved one may never return to the person you knew before they experienced the abuse. Relocating your loved one to a different nursing home is often expensive, and counseling or other types of therapy to help your loved one can result in additional expenses.
Reporting possible emotional abuse is necessary for justice and for protecting other residents from the same harm.
How a Nursing Home Lawyer Can Help You
Nursing homes have a responsibility to protect their residents from harm. When they are neglectful of this duty, a nursing home lawyer knows how to pursue civil action against them.
In order to protect their reputation within the community, an insurance company representing the nursing home may offer a settlement to your loved one. Do not accept it.
The nursing home and their insurance representatives want you and your case to go away. The initial offer made to you is typically a low-dollar amount that protects the best interests of the insurance company and the nursing home.
Protect the rights of your loved one by securing legal representation. No matter how many times the administration may apologize for what happened to your loved one, stand firm.
Your loved one did not deserve to receive verbal and nonverbal abuse as a paying client of the facility. Seeking possible compensation holds the nursing home accountable for the lack of supervision, training, and negligent actions of their staff.
Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Now to Pursue Justice
Time is limited for filing a personal injury claim due to the statute of limitations. As soon as you realize emotional abuse is taking place and affecting your loved one, relocate them and contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm.
We offer free case evaluations, and there is no fee unless we secure compensation for you. Our firm has legal teams located throughout the United States. We take on nursing homes and their insurance companies for fair compensation. If we are unable to settle the case out of court, we are ready to go to trial.
No one has the right to intentionally harm an elderly person using words or harmful tactics designed to intimidate them.
The sad reality is that, if your loved one experiences emotional abuse in their nursing home, they could be suffering other forms of abuse, too. At the first signs of emotional abuse or any other type of abuse, seek medical attention, relocate them, and contact us.
If your elderly loved one experienced emotional abuse in a nursing home, we can help you. At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, you have nothing to lose by contacting us to discuss your possible case. Call our legal team now: (800) 842-6336.