Dangers of Emotional Abuse in Nursing Homes

Sometimes we cannot provide the amount of care and attention that our loved ones need on a daily basis, especially as they age. For this reason, many of us place our loved ones in nursing home facilities, where they are supposed to get the care they need. While many nursing home facilities are professional and protect the health and safety of every resident, some nursing homes have staff members who, unfortunately, take advantage of their positions and engage in emotionally abusive behavior. Emotional abuse can be extremely dangerous for a resident’s mental health and can leave lasting damage.

Side Effects of Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse can take many different forms, and it can be very difficult to recognize. Because its effects often do not physically manifest, it can be hard to know that a person is being abused. Without recognition and cessation of abuse, the side effects of emotional abuse might include:

  • Mood swings
  • Increased reticence
  • Decreased sociality
  • Loss of appetite / weight loss
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

These repercussions of emotional abuse can be devastating when a person has to deal with them on his or her own. However, when family members recognize the signs of such abuse, they can get their loved ones the medical and legal help they need.

Contact Us

If you suspect emotional abuse is affecting someone you love, learn more about your legal options from the lawyers at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. By calling (214) 457-1668, we may be able to give you the tools that you need to combat the current abuse and prevent future abuse, not to mention get restitution for the undue suffering such abuse has caused.