Nursing home facilities were designed to provide care and protection to the elderly individuals residing in them. Unfortunately, there have been – and continue to be – incidents of abuse in some of these facilities. Perhaps most alarming about this fact is that not all forms of abuse are easily recognizable. Emotional abuse can be extremely difficult to identify and prove without help from a legal professional.
Verbal forms of emotional abuse
Nonverbal forms of emotional abuse
As we mentioned above, it can be extremely difficult to identify the warning signs of emotional abuse. You can’t simply look for physical indications of emotional abuse because there are often none. Rather than looking for bruises, weight loss, etc., you must instead look for symptoms such as:
Certain risk factors exist which can leave some elderly adults more susceptible to emotional abuse. For example, an elderly individual who suffers from severe illness or dementia could be more likely to incur the wrath of an emotionally abusive (and impatient) caregiver. Additional risk factors include:
There are also risk factors that make certain caregivers more susceptible to acting emotionally abusive toward an elderly resident of the nursing home facility. These risk factors can include:
Emotional abuse can be equally as debilitating as other forms of abuse. If you know someone who is suffering, don’t wait to speak with a New York City nursing home abuse attorney at Greenberg & Stein, P.C. We are here to help recover financial compensation for the emotional pain caused by psychological mistreatment. Call us today at 888-411-3966.