Emotional Abuse & Neglect in a Nursing Home
Everyone deserves to live out their latter days in comfort and peace, not in fear. Yet, your elderly loved one is suffering at the hands of the very people who should be taking care of him/her. You want to help, but you don’t know what actions to take.
The first step is to get in touch with a compassionate Louisville, KY nursing home emotional abuse lawyer at Thomas Law Offices. In a free case evaluation, we can discuss the details of your case and explore options for resolution. You can call us at (877) 955-7001. Our lines are available 24/7.
Elder Emotional Abuse Is a Widespread Issue
According to a study by the National Center on Elder Abuse, out of 5,961,568 instances of elder abuse reported in 2010, approximately 435,195 cases involved emotional abuse. This indicates that about 10 percent of the elderly American population experienced emotional abuse that year. Most of the victims were around 78 years old, and approximately 67.3 percent were female.
The numbers reflect how endemic elder abuse at nursing homes and other locations has become, and what’s even more unsettling is that many instances of elder abuse go unreported. Unless forceful regulations are put in place to protect the elderly population, vast numbers of elderly individuals may continue to suffer abuse.
Common Types of Elder Emotional Abuse
Elder emotional abuse may take on both verbal and nonverbal forms. The most common examples include the following:
- Intimidation through threatening behavior or yelling
- Isolation from friends and social activities
- Humiliation with verbal abuse
- Bullying or scapegoating on a frequent basis
- Complete disregard of elder’s presence
Signs of Elder Emotional Abuse
Elder abuse is hardly ever committed openly. For the most part, perpetrators know how to keep out from under watchful eyes and also how to shame or terrorize their victims into silence. This is why so many cases go unreported. However, family members or other loved ones can do their part in protecting their elders by visiting often and looking out for the following signs of elder emotional abuse during each visit:
- Low self esteem
- Silent and withdrawn demeanor
- Avoiding eye contact
- Exhibiting fear, nervousness or despondency
- Inexplicable changes in sleeping or eating patterns
- Sudden mood swings
- Unreasonable restriction of certain freedoms
Talking to Your Elder about Emotional Abuse
Your elderly loved one may initially be reluctant to talk about their abuse due to feelings of shame or fear. Do not press them on the subject. Instead, make them feel like you care about them by visiting them frequently and talking to them about their day, interests and other light topics. Once they seem more comfortable and trusting, start asking them succinct but direct questions about their treatment by the caretaker and possible abuse. Again, don’t press them too hard if they’re unwilling, or else they may further withdraw into themselves.
Finding a Solution
If your elderly loved one is facing emotional abuse, get in touch with the legal team at Thomas Law Offices as soon as possible. We will get started right away on transferring them to a safe environment. Then we will use our investigatory, negotiation and, if necessary, trial skills to work towards full and fair compensation for all the damages that resulted from the abuse. Contact us today for more information.
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