We have gone over some of the different types of nursing home abuse that occur, such as sexual abuse and even financial abuse. It is also very important to watch out for emotional abuse, which can be hard to detect since it does not leave any signs. Regrettably, many older adults have been subjected to serious emotional abuse in nursing homes, and this abuse can adversely impact their lives in many different ways. In Birmingham, and across the entire state of Alabama, it is critical for those who have experienced emotional abuse in a nursing home or suspect that a resident has been subjected to mistreatment to take action.
The National Institute on Aging has provided a number of examples of nursing home abuse, including emotional abuse. Emotional abuse may involve threats, repeatedly ignoring a nursing home patient or yelling at a resident. Moreover, if an older adult is prohibited from seeing their loved ones and close friends, this may also constitute emotional abuse. Also known as psychological abuse, this mistreatment can have a significant impact on an older adult’s outlook on life and their emotional well-being.
Those who have experienced emotional abuse may become depressed and feel a sense of hopelessness. They may think that there is nothing they can do about the mistreatment and simply give up. However, there may be options on the table when serious emotional abuse has occurred, and victims, as well as their family members, should not hesitate to explore some of the legal strategies they might have.