Abuse can come in many different forms, including physical, emotional, and financial. Some of those types of abuse can manifest as neglect, sexual abuse, pushing, and yelling. When you make the tough decision to place your loved one in a long-term care facility, you expect their new community to take care of them as if you would. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, as all types of abuse happen in nursing homes. And staff members aren’t the only people in your loved one’s nursing home who might abuse them, as fellow residents can cause abuse as well.
According to the National Institute on Aging, verbal abuse is a form of emotional abuse, but it can be much more than just yelling at a person. Verbal abuse can be a staff member insulting, threatening, blaming, or patronizing a patient. According to a study, verbal abuse was the most common form of abuse in assisted living facilities, with 203 instances of humiliating remarks occurring for every 1,000 residents per year.
Nobody deserves to be treated poorly, especially not older Americans who need the help of a long term care facility to live more comfortably. Though verbal abuse might sound like the least harmful form of abuse, it’s just as bad because it negatively impacts the patient’s mental and emotional state. A study funded by the National Institute on Aging found that verbal mistreatment can be associated with a decrease in physical and mental health and leads to a lower quality of life.