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Nursing home abuse can affect victims’ mental health

Most Illinois families struggle with the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home. It can be difficult to turn the care of a family member over to strangers, but often it is necessary when a family is no longer equipped to take care of them. There are some wonderful care facilities that do everything possible to help residents stay well, both mentally and physically. On the other hand, there are facilities where residents may suffer abuse, which can significantly impact their emotional well-being. 

Abuse can be emotionally devastating 

It’s important for anyone with a loved one who lives in a nursing home to be aware of the signs of abuse. An elderly family member may not know how to report abuse or may be afraid to say anything for fear of retaliation. Physical abuse can leave one feeling depressed and helpless. Victims often lose enthusiasm for activities they previously enjoyed and may withdraw from their families and not act like themselves during visits. 

The long-term effects of nursing home abuse can lead a victim to lose their self-esteem. They may act out or become aggressive towards family members or staff. These changes in one’s mental health can lead to physical concerns, creating a situation where the victim’s overall health may decline.  

Seek help when nursing home abuse is suspected 

No one wants to believe that the Illinois facility they trusted to care for their loved one is allowing abuse, but sadly it does happen. When someone suspects a loved one is being abused, it’s important to consult an attorney with knowledge of nursing home abuse laws. A successful civil lawsuit can provide compensation that can help the family care for their loved one in the best way possible. 


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