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Spotting Mental Abuse In a Nursing Home

The Gatti Law Firm

elderly woman in nursing homeWhen you have a loved on in a nursing home, you want to visit them as often as you can to ensure they are receiving the care they need, as well as spending time with them. However, there are certain signs that you may notice that can indicate something is wrong.

One of the potential problems that exists in a nursing home is mental abuse. For you as the family of an elderly resident in a nursing home, it’s important to recognize some of the signs that may show that mental abuse is present and that you should report the facility.

Signs You Should Be Aware Of

  • Fear: When you notice that your elderly loved one is fearful of someone in the nursing home, it could mean that they’ve been mentally abused by someone in the facility.
  • Lack of eye contact: You may recognize that your loved one is failing to make eye contact, potentially looking away from people and into the distance. They may seem like they’re not focused, and it can be difficult to converse.
  • Quiet demeanor: When you try to talk to your loved one, but they’re not responding as they normally would, it could mean they’ve experienced a mentally traumatic experience.

You may notice that your loved one is avoiding certain people in the nursing home, or they act differently when a specific staff member is around. These are indicators that they’re uncomfortable with the individual for one reason or another.

Our Oregon nursing home abuse attorneys want to help if you believe your loved one is the victim of mental abuse—or of abuse of any kind. We take the time to recognize your situation, explain what certain signs can mean, and how you can move forward.

The Gatti Law Firm is committed to your rights and the rights of your elderly loved one. Trust us to stand in your corner when you need it the most. Our top priority is pursuing the compensation and justice that you need and deserve.

To speak with our firm in a free consultation, call us at (503) 543-1114 today.


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