When Elder Abuse Leads to Psychological Harm
In most cases involving emotional abuse of the elderly, there is usually another form of abuse that is also being inflicted. Whether it is physical abuse, neglect or financial exploitation, your loved one may have suffered at the hands of a caregiver.
Emotional abuse can cause pain and distress that impacts your loved one's quality of life. It can come in various ways, from yelling and screaming to making threats.
This type of psychological abuse also includes intimidation, humiliation, ridicule, and other ways that tear at an individual’s emotional psyche. It can cause the victim to feel demeaned and worthless.
The elderly are especially at risk of suffering deeply because they may already be dealing with physical health conditions or other forms of abuse as well. This can wreak havoc on their lives, making it less enjoyable.
Emotional abuse isn’t always verbal, however. Even “silent” forms of abuse can be damaging. One of the ways a resident in a nursing home may be victimized by this is by being ignored.
Ignoring their need for companionship, basic necessities and other essentials can be psychologically harmful. Or residents may be kept isolated. Left on their own sitting in a wheelchair in an empty hallway or bedridden only deepens the mental anguish.
No matter what type of elder abuse your loved one has suffered from, a claim may be filed.
Has Your Loved One Been Injured In A Nursing Home?
If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced Kentucky nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.