Becoming a caretaker for an older family member can be incredibly difficult. Often, families rely on in-home care services to help with their loved ones. However, it may also be necessary to have your loved one relocate to a nursing home to ensure their needs are met. The last thing you ever expect is that your loved one will suffer from any kind of emotional elder abuse. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we are standing by to help when you need a Dallas elder abuse attorney. If your loved one has been emotionally abused, we will investigate your case and work to secure justice and compensation for what happened.
Data available from the National Council on Aging shows us that nearly one out of every 10 people over the age of 65 will suffer from some sort of elder abuse each year in the US. Most people think of elder abuse as being physical in nature, but the reality is that this type of abuse can also be emotional and psychological.
Elder emotional and psychological abuse involves both the verbal and non-verbal infliction of mental or emotional anguish. In most cases, the abuser repeats a pattern of emotional abuse over and over again with the goal of controlling their victim. In elder abuse situations, emotional abuse can occur in a variety of ways. This can include:
Emotional and psychological abuse can occur in any place that an older adult receives care or services from other individuals. This can include long-term care facilities and nursing homes as well as in the in-home setting where an elderly person relies on a caregiver.
Family members and friends of an elderly person susceptible to abuse need to be on the lookout for various signs and symptoms of emotional and psychological trauma. These signs and symptoms are often difficult to detect, particularly because emotional elder abuse does not leave any outward physical evidence. Loved ones should look out for the following types of altered behavior:
When you are with your elderly loved one, you should be mindful of their behavior, particularly when interacting with caretakers and staff members. If your elderly loved one is particularly fearful or withdrawn around certain caregivers, this could indicate that some sort of abuse has occurred.
If you discover that your loved one has sustained emotional abuse caused by one of their caregivers, you need to seek legal assistance immediately. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we have extensive experience helping clients in these situations. Our goal is to hold abusive caretakers accountable for their actions and secure the following compensation for our clients: