Recognizing Signs of Emotional Abuse in Nursing Homes

There are few decisions in life as difficult as knowing that the time has come for you to place your loved one in a nursing home facility. Choosing that facility can sometimes be a lengthy, complicated and emotional process. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee that the treatment your loved one receives once they become a resident in the nursing home will be as was promised. Abuse can occur in several ways such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, neglect and many others. Emotional abuse is challenging to notice because the signs may not be as dramatic. If you suspect abuse, speaking with an experienced attorney specializing in nursing home abuse and neglect is important to determine if abuse is taking place and who is liable for it.

The signs of emotional abuse may be:

Social Withdrawal: Marked or significant changes in a resident’s behavior without a reasonable explanation may be an indicator of emotional abuse. For example, a resident may become reluctant or refuse to leave their room and join others in the facility’s communal activities room or dining room. They may suddenly become uncommunicative. They may look fearful or nervous around other residents or staff. Combative or aggressive behavior without provocation may be a sign that the resident is fearful, as well as excessive crying or facial tics and body movements that you have never seen before. They may find it difficult to make eye contact and may lose interest in the activities they previously enjoyed.

Physical Changes: Residents who are overly fearful and stressed may suddenly lose weight. They may stop eating and drinking. Their hygiene may deteriorate. They may cringe when touched or hugged by a loved one and appear afraid to speak openly.

It is vital to be observant when visiting your loved one. If you suspect that any form of abuse or neglect is occurring in the nursing home facility, contact an attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY are experienced, knowledgeable and highly skilled.

There are many advantages to hiring a large law firm with a vast amount of resources like Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY. You will also receive free answers to your questions and free home or hospital visits. Our “Access Your File Online” feature allows you to securely monitor your case and its progress. There is no fee unless and until we settle your case or receive a verdict in your favor.

If you believe that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact us immediately. Call 877-504-5562 or email [email protected].

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