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Do temperament changes indicate abuse?

| Jan 29, 2021 | Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse |

Entrusting your loved one to a nursing home is one of the hardest decisions to make. Unfortunately, you cannot always provide the level of care they need. It is still hard to entrust their health to another person, though. 

To make matters worse, not every nursing facility staff member has their resident’s best interests in mind. Some even take advantage of the vulnerable population and abuse them. How can you tell if your loved one is the victim of such abuse? 

Depression in victims

Forbes did a recent article talking about the spike in elder abuse rates. Like the spike in domestic violence, many believe it ties directly to the ongoing pandemic crisis sweeping the globe. But not all signs of elder abuse are visible to the naked eye. Not every abuser will leave physical evidence behind, either. 

Still, abuse victims will often manifest their suffering in ways you can still notice. For example, you may notice a shift in temperament. Many abuse victims grow withdrawn or depressed. They may stick to themselves and refuse to interact with their peers or staff members. They may even withdraw from contact with you or other loved ones. 

Agitation and emotional instability

Others display increased agitation, irritation and aggression instead. They may pick fights at every opportunity. They could take offense to every little thing you say. They may also seem increasingly sensitive and prone to emotional outbursts. This can include crying or having panic attacks. 

Finally, keep an eye out for avoidant behavior. Victims often seek to avoid the situations that led to their abuse, places that abuse occurred in, or the abuser themselves. If your loved one exhibits strong aversion to anything, you may want to make note of it. It might hold relevance in later investigations.