Nursing Home Negligence: Emotional Abuse
Making the decision to place your elderly relatives into a nursing home isn’t always easy. The decision to allow others to take over the day-to-day care of your loved ones is a complicated matter. You want to know that those responsible for their health care are top notch.
Unfortunately, many seniors around the country are being abused in their place of care: harmed in some substantial way often by nurses and/or people who are directly responsible for their care. In fact, in the U.S. alone, over half a million reports of abuse against elderly Americans are filed every year. Millions more cases go unreported.
Physical abuse is typically easy to categorize. It is the non-accidental use of force against an elderly person that results in pain, an injury, or impairment. Not only does this type of abuse include hitting or shoving but the inappropriate use of drugs or restraints.
There are Other Types of Abuse
While physical abuse against the elderly is common, it is not the only type. Different forms involve intimidation or threats against the elderly. Some involve negligence, and others involving financial chicanery.
Too often, though, emotional abuse goes unnoticed or undocumented. In emotional or psychological abuse, people speak to or treat elderly persons in ways that cause emotional pain or distress.
Emotional Abuse Includes:
- Intimidation through yelling or threats
- Humiliation and ridicule
- Habitual blaming or scapegoating
- Nonverbal psychological elder abuse can take the form of
- Ignoring the elderly person
- Isolating an elder from friends or activities
- Terrorizing or menacing the elderly person
Contact Us Today
If you feel your or your family members are or have been victims of nursing home negligence or emotional abuse, contact us today. We offer a free telephone, online or in person consultation. Contact us to schedule your appointment. We will welcome you to one of our law offices, or we can visit you in your hospital or home location. Our Santa Rosa and Sacramento attorneys will listen to you, consider the facts and offer preliminary advice about how to pursue the maximum available compensation for your injuries and losses.