It is not unusual for residents to experience feelings of helplessness and isolation, and it is the duty of nursing homes to help their residents live a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Unfortunately, studies show that nursing home residents experience depression at astronomical rates that are well above the average for seniors living in other environments. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that nursing home residents suffer from depression at more than twice the rate (49 percent) of elderly individuals under hospice care (22 percent) and in residential care communities (22 percent). In many cases, this depression is the direct result of emotional and verbal abuse – including belittling.
Sadly, depression is just one of the many consequences suffered by victims of belittling in nursing homes. No one deserves to be belittled, and if your loved one is experiencing this wrongful treatment in a nursing home, they deserve better. At Malman Law, we fight on behalf of nursing home residents in Chicago and throughout Illinois who need help standing up for their legal rights.
It can be difficult to know for certain that your loved one is being belittled unless you catch a staff member in the act. However, there are several signs which – along with the symptoms discussed below – can point to emotional or verbal abuse and give you sufficient grounds to file a claim against a nursing home. Conditions that are often indicative of abusive and substandard care include:
Each of these may be indicative of a broader issue – a culture of resident mistreatment and a living environment unfitting for anyone, much less an elderly, paying customer in need of help. In these situations, it has been shown that residents often experience belittling either in the form of outright verbal abuse or demeaning, inadequate, and inappropriate care.
Belittling often leads to a number of symptoms consistent with those caused by other forms of emotional and verbal abuse. These symptoms include:
Malman Law is a Chicago, IL law firm that represents victims of nursing home negligence and abuse throughout Illinois. Our attorneys have decades of experience providing thorough, knowledgeable, and compassionate representation for nursing home residents and their families. We also have a nurse on staff who has more than 30 years of experience working in various nursing homes throughout the Chicagoland area.
Over the lasts 21 years, we have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in compensation for negligent and abusive treatment. If your elderly loved one is a victim of belittling, we can make sure that your family receives the care and compensation it deserves.
All of the attorneys at Malman Law are passionate about helping victims of nursing home abuse. We are committed to helping victims find better lives and obtain just compensation for their injuries and losses.
If you believe you or a loved one may be experiencing belittling in a nursing home, we urge you to contact us for a free, confidential consultation. You can call us at (888) 751-2297 to speak with someone 24/7, or fill out our online form and someone will contact you within 24 hours.
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