Emotional Abuse of the Elderly

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Deciding to send a loved one to a nursing home or assisted living facility can be one of the most difficult decisions you make. It’s hard to accept the fact that sometimes you cannot provide the care that your elderly loved one needs. That is why you entrust the staff of a nursing home with your loved one’s wellbeing. If not careful, however, the staff and physicians can do more harm than good.

Emotional abuse is one of the most common forms of mistreatment the elderly experience. According to the American Public Health Association, there are an average of 2.5 million elderly abuse victims in America. There are approximately 435,195 cases of elderly emotional abuse that are reported each year. Our elders deserve respect and dignity. They should not have to endure abuse of any kind, including emotional abuse.

What to Look for with Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse against the elderly is common and can go undetected. Unlike physical abuse, which produces visible harm and damage, emotional abuse can be harder to notice. Often there are no tangible consequences of emotional abuse. But there are certain characteristics you can look for if you believe your loved one is being emotionally abused.

Signs of emotional abuse include:

  • Avoids eye contact
  • Is depressed
  • Has low self esteem
  • Does not speak openly or is shy, when before they were sociable
  • Looks scared, especially around certain individuals
  • There are changes in sleeping or eating habits

Common Forms of Elder Emotional Abuse

When you notice changes in your loved one’s behavior, you may wonder what has caused it. Emotional abuse takes many forms, some that are not immediately apparent.

The different types of emotional abuse include:

  • Constantly blaming or making an elder feel guilty
  • Threatening or yelling at a patient
  • Humiliating an elderly
  • Ignoring the presence and needs of a patient
  • Forbidding the elderly to join in activities they enjoy or their friends
  • Bullying the patient into doing something they don’t want

Emotional abuse is never acceptable in any age group. It is more dangerous for the elderly because they are at their most vulnerable. The nursing home patients need love and attention. They don’t deserve to be abused. If you suspect emotional mistreatment of your loved one, contact our California nursing home abuse lawyers.

At Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, your family is our family! We fight for our family’s rights. If you feel that your loved is being mistreated at their nursing home, contact our experienced elderly abuse lawyers.

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