Emotional Abuse in Nursing Homes

Elder emotional abuse

Emotional abuse or psychological abuse is one of the most common types of abuse in nursing homes. According to research, up to 21% of the abuse taking place in nursing homes in the US involves emotional abuse. Residents of nursing homes can suffer from emotional abuse in the hands of caregivers, volunteers or any other staff members. Emotional abuse in nursing homes may occur verbally and non-verbally and may include the following:

  • Humiliating or ridiculing the victim in front of others
  • Habitual blaming, scapegoating or engaging in demeaning behavior
  • Intimidation through threatening behavior or yelling
  • Isolating the resident from social activities or friends
  • Terrorizing or menacing the resident
  • Ignoring the needs of the resident

Some Signs of Emotional Abuse

The following are some behaviors that may indicate emotional abuse:

  • Sudden weight loss
  • Low self-esteem
  • Avoidance of eye contact
  • Hesitation to speak openly
  • Social withdrawal, or an appearance of hopelessness or of being disturbed or fearful
  • The desire to hurt themselves or others
  • Sudden changes in sleeping or eating patterns
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Significant change in personality

If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from emotional abuse in their nursing home facility, immediately obtain the help of a nursing home abuse attorney to seek justice. At Rockland Injury Lawyers we help nursing home abuse victims seek justice and recover compensation for the injuries they have sustained. Call us at 800-940-1799 / 718-775-3614 or email

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