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What Constitutes Verbal Abuse In a Nursing Home?

Elders should never have to endure abuse, particularly not in nursing homes. If your family is like most, placing your loved one in a nursing home was not an easy decision to make.

You likely did extensive research to find the best facility for your family’s needs. Especially after all of your research, a suspicion that your loved one is enduring abuse in a nursing home can be devastating.

Read on to learn more about what constitutes verbal abuse in nursing homes.

Verbal Abuse in Nursing Homes

Verbal abuse is one of the most common forms of emotional abuse that elders suffer in nursing homes. This form of abuse occurs when a staff member of the facility makes a remark that leads the resident to feel any of the following:

  • Emotional pain
  • Distress
  • Fear

Nursing home residents are often in a vulnerable position not only because of any disabling conditions they suffer from but also because nursing home staff have authority and control over the residents. Because of this, elders may not know how to properly respond or report the verbal abuse they endure.

Common Forms of Verbal Abuse in Nursing Homes

Verbal abuse in nursing homes can include any of the following:

  • Yelling, screaming, and shouting
  • Threatening and intimidation
  • Insulting and name-calling
  • Blaming and scapegoating
  • Speaking to the patient as if they are a child
  • Scolding and criticizing

Warning Signs of Verbal Abuse in Nursing Homes

Some nursing home residents may not feel comfortable talking to anyone about verbal abuse they have endured. In this case, family members can take note of the following warning signs of verbal abuse:

  • Withdrawal and depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Personality and behavioral changes
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Unprecedented fear and nervousness

If you suspect your loved one has sustained abuse of any kind as a resident in a nursing home, our team may be able to help your family obtain justice. Don’t hesitate to reach out with your questions.

Call Dempsey & Kingsland, P.C. today at (816) 484-3776 for a free consultation regarding your case.

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