Everyone regardless of situation deserves treatment of dignity and respect. However, this doesn’t happen with those in a rehab facility. Most are abused with the psychological or emotional abuse as the most common of all types of abuse. Research says emotional abuse accounts for 54% of all abuse cases.
About Emotional Abuse
Psychological abuse wreaks mental anguish by means of threats, humiliation, fear, manipulation, or other cruel conduct. The abuser afflicts it through verbal or nonverbal communication cues. However, these cues are systematically delivered with malicious and explicit nonphysical acts against an elder. Examples include harassment, scolding, insults, denigration, and stalking. Many who emotionally abuse seek to control or humiliate.
The abuser can also threaten the elder with physical punishment or the deprivation of basic needs. Food, medication, heat, or basic care could be taken away. Other cases involved the caregiver placing a walker, cane, glasses or dentures just out of reach to psychologically torment.
Signs of Emotional Abuse
Seeing the signs of emotional abuse is not as easy as watching for a bruise or burn as in physical abuse. Abuse may not be apparent, even to those who experience it. However, it is important to keep in mind the behaviors often demonstrated by victims of emotional abuse.
- Increased depression
- Avoiding eye or verbal contact
- Feeling of hopelessness or anxiety
- Confusion unrelated to medical issues
- Change of sleeping or eating patterns
Sometimes to assess emotional abuse, it is important to observe the behaviors of the caregivers as well. Indicators of a possible abuser are:
- Tired or stressed
- Substance abuse
- Lack of concern
- Exaggerated concern
- Scolding the elder for incontinence, dropping an item, etc.
- Dehumanizing the elder
If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected, do not accept denials. Instead, contact a knowledgeable lawyer experienced with representing victims. We have been assisting the injured for 20 years. We help clients from all over the country. Our consultations are completely free. Call today.