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Emotional Abuse in Nursing Homes

Putting our loved ones in nursing homes might not be easy, but we often have do this because they require care and attention that we are unable to give them. While many nursing home facilities provide this care and attention responsibly, some do not, forcing family members and friends to remain diligent in observing their loved ones in order to look for potentially abusive behaviors.

Sadly, emotional abuse is one of the more common forms of nursing home abuse. It might take many forms, including enforced isolation, humiliation, embarrassment, or even verbal abuse. Whatever form it takes though, it can leave lasting damage on a resident.

Signs of Emotional Abuse

While emotional abuse may seem more difficult to discover, since it does not often leave physical marks, there are indicators that one can look for. For instance, the following might indicate that a person in a nursing home is suffering from some form of emotional abuse:

  • Decreased desire to see family or loved ones
  • Increased reticence
  • Self-enforced isolation
  • Mood swings
  • Feelings of worthlessness or depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or conversation

These behaviors could suggest that a nursing home resident is suffering from some kind of emotional abuse. It’s important to be aware of any changes in a loved one’s behavior and to take action if wrongdoing is occurring.

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If you or someone you care about has been victimized by emotional abuse in a nursing home, then our lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. believe the perpetrator should be held accountable. Call 800-242-2874 today to find out how we can help you take such action.