When you put your loved ones in a nursing home, you may not anticipate any problems with abuse or manipulation.
However, many older people face serious mental, emotional and even psychological problems at the hands of nursing home staff.
According to the National Council on Aging, elder abuse can include confinement, neglect and assault. Staff roughly restraining residents or shoving and pushing them can lead to physical injuries.
If an elderly person seems fearful or hesitant to talk to staff, then it may be a sign of abuse happening in the nursing home. Bedsores or burns can also appear in more extreme cases. A disheveled appearance or unclean clothes may signal the staff is not properly taking care of your loved one.
Scratches or bruises that a resident cannot or will not explain may also show that he or she feels scared to speak about the abuse. Since many older people may be socially isolated or struggle with mental issues such as Alzheimer’s, they are especially at risk. Many elderly people may be fearful to cause trouble or speak out in order to prevent being a burden.
Wild mood swings can be a sign of emotional abuse from staff. If your normally sociable loved one seems quiet or withdrawn, it could be because of a strained relationship between the staff and him or her.
Abused older people may even be fearful to be alone for periods of time without outside contact. If your loved one appears secretive or if you notice the staff acting indifferent or overly controlling, it could mean they are emotionally manipulating or abusing him or her.