Nursing Home – Emotional/Social Neglect
Emotional and Social Neglect in Nursing Homes
You put your loved one in a nursing home because you believed it would be the best way for them to maintain a high quality of life while receiving the healthcare treatment they need. Many nursing homes are great, safe places for elderly people. At their best, they help busy families manage a loved one’s care, while providing that person with dignity and respect.
Unfortunately, some nursing homes fail their patients. In some cases, negligence or outright mistreatment results in physical injuries or illness. In other cases, the patient may experience emotional and social neglect.
What Are Emotional and Social Neglect?
Although mental and emotional health issues are harder to see than physical ones, they are no less significant. Elderly people who receive regular social stimulation and emotional support experience a much higher quality of life than those who do not.
There are significant health benefits for people who continue to socialize in their later years. For example, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, participation in social and leisure activities is associated with a decreased risk of dementia.
When nursing homes fail to provide their patients with this sort of social engagement, they can worsen that patient’s health and overall quality of life. Just because your loved one is in a nursing home doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a full, rich life.
Signs of Emotional and Social Neglect
If you suspect your loved one’s emotional and social needs are being neglected, you might want to look for the following signs:
- -Marked changes in mood
- -High staff turnover
- -Dramatic changes in overall physical health
- -Your loved one seems depressed or anxious
- -Significant change in weight
- -Significant change in sleep patterns
- -Your loved one does not describe having friends
- -Your loved one does not describe positive experiences with nursing home staff
If these or other worrying signs are present, you should contact a lawyer, who can advise you about your options. Your loved one should not have to suffer in silence, and you both may be eligible for significant financial compensation.
Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble Today
At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, our staff has a proven record of winning multimillion-dollar settlements for clients who experienced negligence or poor treatment from healthcare providers. We will listen to your story and help you understand your best options.
Elderly people deserve love and respect. If your loved one is being poorly treated, the facility responsible should be held accountable.
Contact the attorneys of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to discuss nursing home neglect and potential negotiations. It is important to contact an attorney early to ensure the best possible outcome. Contact us online or call at (908) 928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817.