While some types of abuse have obvious physical signs that let others know something is wrong, emotional abuse is often overlooked and underreported. Many seniors who live in Illinois nursing homes are mentally abused and their families often have no idea what is going on. Families who have loved ones living in a nursing home must be aware of the signs of emotional abuse so they can step in and help a loved one when needed.
Signs of emotional abuse
Victims of emotional abuse are often scared to speak up, but they may show some signs of abuse that family members can recognize if they know what to look for. Abused individuals may start to act fearful or become stressed easily. They may lose weight, have low energy, and not have regular eating and drinking habits. Those suffering from mental abuse may show a significant change in their personality and may refuse to do activities they previously enjoyed.
Mental abuse comes in many forms. A caregiver may yell, threaten or intimidate their victim. Not all forms of emotional abuse are verbal. Abusers may hide a victim’s belongings, ignore their needs, or limit their access to basic needs like food and water.
Facing the abuse of a loved one
Families who believe a loved one is being mistreated in their nursing home must take swift action to protect the victim from further harm. Illinois has laws in place to protect vulnerable people from being abused by those who are supposed to care for them. Family members can consult with an attorney to see what options they have in seeking compensation to help their loved one recover.