You made the difficult decision to move a family member into a nursing home because you knew it was best for their safety. While the decision is never easy, it is the right choice for many families to put a loved one into a nursing home. The specialized care your loved one receives in a nursing home ensures their health.
You trust in that facility to provide your loved one with the care and attention they need. You assume that the caregivers look out for their emotional, mental, and physical well-being. Sadly, too many of these facilities are operating well below the standard of care. Some are outright abusing their patients.
Per the National Council on Aging (NCOA), one out of 10 adults over the age of 60 suffers a form of elder abuse. One of those areas least explored is emotional abuse. Physical abuse is not a necessary requirement of emotional abuse. Therefore, it is important that family members know what emotional abuse is, how it happens, and recognize the signs so that they can act.
Psychological abuse and emotional abuse are terms that are often used interchangeably – but they are not the same. Psychological abuse is similar to emotional abuse in that the victim no longer feels like they have self-worth, and lives in fear.
From there, you will see some differences.
These types of abuse can happen simultaneously, and in conjunction with sexual and physical abuse.
The only way to protect your loved one is to know the signs of emotional abuse and step in quickly. Emotional abuse does not have bruises or scars like physical abuse, which is why it is often missed by family members.
While there may be no physical indicators, there are emotional indicators that tell you something is wrong with your loved one. Look for these, and if you notice them, contact the authorities immediately.
If your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, they may suffer a significant amount of financial damages in addition to the emotional abuse. Through a claim, you can receive compensation for your loved one’s costs and suffering.