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Looking at Examples of Emotional Abuse in Nursing Homes

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2020 | Assisted Living Facility Abuse and Neglect

If you have experienced nursing home abuse, you likely have a number of hardships to overcome. Aside from the physical impact of mistreatment, many victims struggle from a psychological point of view as well. Moreover, many nursing home residents are subjected to emotional abuse, which takes a number of forms. Unlike certain types of physical abuse, which can leave bruises, emotional abuse is often harder for others to detect.

It is critical to understand the different ways in which emotional abuse takes place in nursing homes so that you can identify and address any instances of mistreatment.

Reviewing different types of emotional abuse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emotional abuse in nursing homes occurs in many different ways. For example, some victims are subjected to relentless harassment, while others are afraid because of threats. Sometimes, nursing home residents are psychologically abused when they are isolated and some residents are repeatedly disrespected or humiliated by those who are supposed to take care of them.

Reviewing the impact of emotional mistreatment in nursing homes

Emotional abuse causes nursing home residents to feel afraid or distressed. Sometimes, victims develop an anxiety disorder or depression as a result of psychological mistreatment. Not only can this interfere with sleep and overall health, but this can also cause victims to distance themselves from friends and family members and seriously affect their quality of life. If you have experienced emotional abuse in a nursing home, you need to take a firm stand for your rights. Sadly, this mistreatment is very common in nursing homes and often goes unnoticed.

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