It is important you become aware of what signs to look for so that you can remove your loved one from the dangerous environment they might be living in.


From the outside looking in, many families often believe that when they leave their loved one in a nursing home, they are receiving the care and assistance they need. After all, the atmosphere probably seems nice, the nurses appear to be friendly, and the other residents seem to be minding their own business and doing their own thing. The truth is, however, is that looks can be deceiving and just because a facility seems to be the right fit for your loved one doesn’t always mean that it actually is. Once visiting time is over, you never really know what goes on behind those closed doors.

Unfortunately, what we do know is that nursing home abuse and neglect is a real issue that exists within these facilities and that in order to protect our loved ones, we must keep a watchful eye out for any signs that might indicate our loved one is a victim of such mistreatment. Now, although abuse and neglect does come in many forms, today we are focusing on one in particular, verbal abuse. We feel it is important for you to know what signs might be an indicator that your aging relative may be the victim of this type of abuse.


What are some forms of verbal abuse?


Verbal abuse can occur in any of the following ways:

  • A resident is spoken to in a demeaning manner and the staff constantly uses statements of this nature when addressing their questions and/or concerns.
  • Harassment
  • Threats
  • Humiliation
  • Intimidation

[Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services].


What are some signs that my loved one is being verbally abused?

If you notice that your loved one is displaying any of the following behavior, it may be a sign that they are being verbally abused:

  • They can’t sleep.
  • They seem depressed or confused.
  • They display signs of trauma, like rocking back and forth.
  • They act agitated or violent.
  • They become withdrawn.
  • They stop taking part in activities they once enjoyed doing.

[Source: National Institute on Aging].


Why do some staff members in nursing homes verbally abuse residents?


There are a number of reasons why abuse occurs in nursing homes. Some of these reasons include: 

  1. Low staff ratios
  2. Inadequate staff supervision
  3. Lack of empathy for the elderly
  4. Staff personal problems
  5. More severely ill residents
  6. Low wages
  7. A patient might be abusive or belligerent
  8. Job frustration
  9. High staff turnover
  10. Cultural differences
  11. Lack of skills training
  12. High stress

[Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services].


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that more than 60 million elderly individuals will be living in the U.S. in 2030, many of which will need to receive 24-hour care and supervision, something nursing homes can provide them with. With the growing population of elderly individuals needing additional help as they age along with the ones that are currently residing in nursing homes in New Orleans, LA and other states across the country, it is important we report any signs of abuse we notice.


And if you notice any signs that indicate your loved one may be the victim of verbal abuse or any other type of mistreatment, contact one of our New Orleans, LA nursing home abuse lawyers. Aside from having to move your relative out of the current nursing home and into a new one, they may also require some therapy to help recover from the abuse that was inflicted upon them. Our nursing home abuse lawyers are qualified to help you recoup the compensation spent on this and much more.