The unfortunate truth of Alabama nursing home neglect and abuse is that most people have heard of instances of it happening. Perhaps you did not hear about it happening to your loved one, but most know the risks. People in places of authority or in caretaking positions are capable of dismissing the needs of their patients. Wherever there is elder abuse, it is crucial that it stops.
Physical abuse may be easier to recognize the signs of right away. A patient may have injuries or soreness due to physical hitting or pushing. Emotional abuse, on the other hand, it does not always manifest the same in all adults. According to the National Institute on Aging, emotional abuse includes some of the following:
- Staff ignoring patient needs
- Threatening the patient
- Yelling at the patient
- Harmful words expressed at the patient
Due to the nature of emotional abuse, it may be difficult to spot the signs. Your loved one may lose weight, appear depressed, have trouble sleeping or act in a violent manner. Some may even rock back and forth as a sign that there has been trauma. If your loved one no longer enjoys his or her regular activities or has any preventable conditions that are telling of neglect, you may have an abuse case on your hands. In order for elder abuse to stop, you have to take care of it right away. Without dealing with abuse, patients may spend the long term fearful or depressed.
Nothing in the provided information is legal advice. Everything here is for educational purposes on elder abuse.