Signs of Emotional Abuse in Nursing Homes

The level of care and professionalism available in nursing homes can be very attractive for individuals seeking assistance in maintaining their health and well-being. Accordingly, when individuals become residents of a nursing home, they expect a welcoming, proficient staff. Luckily, most are nursing home residents are satisfied with their experience and receive the care they hoped for.

In some heartbreaking occasions, individuals living in nursing home may be forced to suffer emotional abuse from staff members. Emotional abuse is unacceptable under any circumstances and can have a devastating impact on an individual’s life. More troubling is the reality that emotional abuse can be extremely difficult to substantiate when it occurs in a nursing home. Individuals with dementia, for example, may find it difficult to either communicate or remember what happened. As such, it is important to look for tell-tale signs that emotionally abused individuals will often exhibit.

Common Indicators of Emotional Abuse in Nursing Homes

Isolating individuals from friends and activities is among the most devastating forms of emotional abuse that occurs in nursing homes. Behaviors that may indicate that this or other forms of emotional abuse are happening include:

  • Unreasonable fear and anxiety
  • Lack of interest in social interaction
  • Unexplained/uncharacteristic changes in behavior

Facilities should not tolerate the emotional abuse of their residents in any capacity and should take every measure to prevent its occurrence.

Contact a Nursing Home Emotional Abuse Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has suffered emotional abuse as a resident of a nursing home, the Birmingham lawyers at Yearout & Traylor, P.C. may help you hold the responsible parties financially accountable. To speak with one of our lawyers today, please call (205) 414-8160.