Emotional abuse in a nursing home occurs whenever a caregiver intentionally causes emotional pain to a resident.
Types of emotional abuse
Emotional abuse may be verbal – for example, humiliating, blaming, threatening, or terrorizing the resident. It may also be nonverbal – for example, ignoring or isolating the resident.
Elder abuse statistics
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, in 2010, about 7.3% of the country’s 5,961,568 reported resident abuse cases involved reported emotional abuse.
Signs of emotional abuse
Signs of emotional abuse tend to be subtle emotional changes, like decreased self-esteem, avoidance of eye contact, and sudden isolation. An abuse victim may suddenly not be “allowed” to make their own decisions, spend time with friends, or do normal activities. Contact us for help if you or a loved one has been the victim of emotional abuse in a nursing home.
If you need support or have any questions, please contact us for immediate assistance.