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Mental and emotional abuse in a nursing home can lead to serious health problems and death. Mental and emotional abuse often goes undetected and many patients are afraid to report it. Loved ones of nursing home residents must be on the lookout for the subtle signs of this type of nursing home abuse, in order to stop it in its tracks before it causes irreversible harm. If you believe that your loved one has suffered mental or emotional abuse in a nursing home our Plantation, FL, nursing home attorney can help.
Mental and Emotional Abuse
- Verbal assaults
- The “silent treatment”
- Isolation from loved ones
- Exclusion from social activities
- Exclusion from normal activities
Causes of Emotional and Mental Abuse in Nursing Homes
Emotional and mental abuse are sometimes perpetrated by nursing home staff members who are truly sadistic and enjoy making other people suffer, but more often the underlying cause is more complex. Poor working conditions, such as understaffing, can lead to emotional and mental abuse.
Overworked staff members who cannot keep up with the constant needs of all of the residents may slip into a habit of intimidating patients who express their needs. Abused residents may stop asking for things like water or help with bathroom needs, and develop serious health problems as a result.
Nursing Home Responsibility
Although perpetrated by individuals, mental and emotional abuse is ultimately the responsibility of the nursing home facility. When nursing homes do not live up to their duties, they create an environment which is ripe for this inexcusable behavior. Nursing homes have a responsibility to maintain an adequate number of staff members for every shift. They must screen their employees for a history of abuse, and staff members must be properly trained and qualified.
Consequences of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home residents who are victims of emotional and mental abuse can develop serious health problems and die as a result of that abuse. They may stop eating, exercising, and participating in social activities. Nursing home abuse victims may suffer from dehydration and malnutrition as well as worsening of existing health problems.
If you believe that your loved one has been or is currently the victim of mental or emotional abuse in a nursing home, call Plantation, FL, nursing home abuse attorneys Fenster & Cohen, P.A. by calling (954) 473-1500 or toll-free at (877) 845-8989 or contact us online. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.