Signs of Emotional Abuse in Nursing Homes

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Emotional abuse takes many forms, and while “words can never hurt me” is a popular refrain in schoolyards, threats, coercion, intimidation, insults, and other forms of abuse can have a profound impact on the happiness and even physical health of nursing home residents. If you suspect a loved one is being emotionally abused, it is important that you discuss your concerns with an experienced nursing home abuse attorney to determine which course of action can best restore dignity and peace of mind.

If you are in need of an experienced nursing home abuse attorney in Arizona, please contact Cullan & Cullan, M.D., J.D. online or by calling (602)200-9999 today to schedule a free consultation.

Identifying Emotional Abuse

Unlike many types of abuse, emotional and verbal mistreatment does not produce any outward signs. This makes it important that you take time to listen to your loved one whenever you visit and, if you suspect abuse, to increase the frequency of your visits.

One of the largest signs of emotional and verbal abuse is changes in behavior. This may include nail biting, rocking, and other behaviors that are unusual for your loved one. Other signs that mistreatment is occurring include:

  • Changes in interactions with staff
  • A desire to be left alone
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety

If you feel comfortable with certain nursing staff at the home, you are encouraged to alert them to these types of changes. Talking to staff can also help you establish a timeline when attempting to determine how long these behaviors have been occurring. If you suspect abuse of any kind, it is best to contact our office immediately to learn about your options and allow us to assist you in moving your case forward.

To schedule your free consultation with one of our Arizona nursing home abuse attorneys, please contact us today. 

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The Arizona nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at Cullan and Cullan M.D., J.D. includes lawyers who are also doctors. We are a for profit law firm. We use our medical expertise to more effectively represent victims of nursing home abuse. We do not practice medicine. The information provided on this web site does not constitute an attorney client relationship. For more information about the law firm, contact the Phoenix, Arizona offices of Cullan & Cullan MD., J.D. for a consultation.

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