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The impact of psychological abuse on the elderly

When you put your loved one in a nursing facility in Florida, you rely on medical professionals to provide reliable and compassionate care. People who know the signs of elder abuse can recognize trouble before it is too late.

Abuse can take on many forms including financial, emotional, physical, sexual and psychological. When you witness changes to your loved one’s personality, you may want to take a closer look at what is going on when you are not around.

Recognizing mistreatment

While it is not uncommon for your loved one to experience uncertainty and apprehension as a result of the move into a nursing home, an adjustment should come with time. However, if you notice that your family member continues to experience ongoing anxiety, confusion or disconnect, psychological mistreatment could be to blame. According to Web MD, behaviors that may indicate psychological abuse include the following:

  • Your loved one appears depressed
  • Your loved one loses interest in activities that generally bring enjoyment
  • Your loved one acts scared of others or withdraws from social interactions
  • Your loved one experiences difficulty sleeping
  • Your loved one is fidgety and seems skeptical of people

Visiting regularly

One of the best ways to protect your family member from nursing home abuse of any kind is through regular visits. Interact with staff members and watch their demeanor when dealing with residents. Maintain open communication with your family member and encourage him or her to share concerns with you.

If you feel concerned about behavioral changes in your family member or notice anything suspicious, address your concerns with management. If your loved one suffers worsening health as the result of abuse, you could pursue legal charges against the nursing home facility.


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