Verbal Abuse Is Common in Nursing Homes: Here's How I Can Help Your Loved One
When you're forced to place a family member or close friend in a nursing home, you expect they'll be treated kindly and with respect. After all, nursing home staff members are trained to deal with the health problems and emotional issues suffered by elderly residents and should be caring and patient when taking care of your loved one. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. Your family member could be the victim of verbal abuse and may be suffering in silence.
Types of Verbal Offenses That Are Considered Nursing Home Abuse
Verbal abuse is probably the most common form of emotional abuse. It consists of any verbal statement made to a resident with the intention to bully her or cause her emotional pain. New residents of a nursing home can be especially vulnerable because of the trauma they're going through adjusting to the move—a big step for them.
Nursing home staff members aren't the only perpetrators. Verbal abuse by other residents happens, too. Types of verbal abuse include:
- Making rude remarks
- Criticizing the resident
- Yelling at the person or calling her names
- Using excessive profanity
- Using intimidating words to make the resident feel afraid
- Degrading the person in front of other residents or staff members
- Trivializing the person’s needs or concerns
- Blaming or wrongfully accusing the resident
- Threats of physical harm or punishment
- Making sexual advances
What Are the Causes of Verbal Abuse?
Verbal abuse is often caused by someone's impatience or frustration with an elderly patient. A staff member could be frustrated by the person’s inability to communicate, slow movements, or inability to control bodily functions and take it out on her. Rushed staff members may be impatient when a resident is too slow—especially while eating. Threatening a patient or not taking her concerns seriously are common ways staff express impatience.
Verbal abuse can be difficult to spot and prove, but it's important to stop, because the emotional damage it has on a family member is severe. An experienced attorney can help you protect your loved one and build her case for compensation for nursing home abuse. Call Morton Law Offices today at 888.716.8021 today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn about your loved one’s legal options and how I can help you enforce them.