Recently, a nationwide investigation uncovered widespread abuse in nursing homes, much to the horror of families throughout the country who entrust their loved ones to the care of nursing homes.
While the investigation focused on physical abuse, nursing homes are also often the scene of psychological abuse. Psychological abuse can come in many forms, and, in some cases, the perpetrator may actually not know that they are committing abuse.
If you have a loved one living in a nursing home here in Bloomfield or somewhere nearby, it is possible that they experience psychological abuse on a daily or weekly basis. This might be through specific actions of caretakers, or through their negligence.
Anyone who suspects that their loved one may suffer psychological abuse in a nursing home should not hesitate to reach out to an attorney who understands the community and has experience fighting for the rights and dignity of patients throughout Northern New Jersey.
Psychological abuse may take many forms
For many patients, psychological abuse may come passively from their caretakers. If a caretaker does a poor job of attending to your loved one, expressing an attitude of carelessness, it can cause your loved on to think the staff do not care about him or her.
Even worse, many caretakers are harsh with patients, and may even tell them mean, untrue things. They may say that the patient doesn't matter, or that no one loves them, or that their family is waiting for them to die. These are terrible things no one should have to hear. They may also withhold mail and cards from a patient, or deny them privileges.
Unfortunately, there are many individuals working within the elder care industry who dislike elderly people and see the elderly as an easy target for their frustrations. In many cases, this is motivated by the caretaker feeling under-appreciated, or, in many cases, underpaid.
The financial woes of caretakers often lead to psychological manipulation of the elderly. In some cases, this is not because the caretakers are malicious, but because they are struggling in their personal life. While this is sad, it is no justification to mistreat patients.
This might mean that caretakers coerce your loved one to give them money, or even takes their belongings and then convinces them that they simply lost the items.
If you believe that your loved one is suffering from these kinds of abuse, do not wait to take action on his or her behalf.
Build a strong team to fight for justice
Protecting the rights and dignity of the vulnerable ones you love is a great responsibility and privilege. Do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney with roots in the community if you suspect abuse in your loved one's nursing home. With proper guidance, you can keep their rights secure and put an end to any abusive behavior.
Source: Nov. 30, -0001