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A look at the effects of emotional abuse on the elderly

| Jan 12, 2019 | Nursing Home Neglect

When families in New York transition their aging loved one to a nursing home facility, they often go to great lengths to guarantee that the establishment they have selected is one that will be a comfortable fit and is capable of providing thorough and compassionate care. Unfortunately, there are times when due to poor training, inadequate focus or even blatant ignorance, policies are violated that put the health, safety and wellbeing of the residents at risk. 

One of the forms of abuse that may occur in a nursing home setting is emotional abuse. According to Psychology Today, some of the common signs of emotional abuse include the following:

  • Isolation or withholding needed affection and social interaction. 
  • Ignoring another person’s needs and desires. 
  • Sarcasm, shaming, name-calling and other forms of verbal abuse.
  • Excessive criticism and public embarrassment.
  • A constant barrage of comments that cause the victim to feel at fault for any problems. 
  • Ignorance from the perpetrator to accept responsibility for his or her actions. 

Arizona State University reported that a majority of abused seniors are apprehensive about reporting the abuse that is happening to them. While some cases are due to limited cognitive function, others are because the victims are fearful of retaliation and embarrassment. People are at a higher risk of being abusive if they are under the influence, suffer from mental illness or have had a history of violent behavior. As such, it is critical that nursing homes assess the background and lifestyle of the caretakers that they hire to better protect the residents at their establishment. 

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