The nursing home environment can be problematic. While they are supposed to protect elderly and vulnerable people, nursing homes also have the potential to isolate them, creating dependency and separation from society. This has the potential to impact loneliness, mental health and the overall well-being of patients.
In nursing homes, it is important that the physical health and emotional health of each resident is well-maintained. unfortunately, patients commonly suffer from emotional and psychological abuse.
Why does psychological abuse occur in nursing homes?
A nursing home should be a safe place for patients, allowing them to feel at home and cared for. The majority of nursing home caregivers are sensitive and professional, providing patients with company and comfort.
However, chronic understaffing is a big problem in nursing homes in Illinois and across the U.S. Understaffing often means that the staff on duty, although competent, cannot give all patients everything they need, all of the time. This usually leads to caregivers prioritizing the physical well-being of patients over their emotional needs.
For example, staff may take the time to make certain patients get the right medication and adequate showers, but not have enough time make sure that they have received comfort or emotional support. In cases like these, patients can feel neglected and depressed.
As well as systematic neglect, psychological abuse can also come about from individual employees who express anger, frustration and a disregard for the feelings of the patient. This can be detrimental to a patient’s life, and is never acceptable. If evidence of such abuse is found, legal action should be taken.
If you are concerned about a loved one’s well-being in an Illinois nursing home, it is important to take action so that he or she can get nurturing and caring support.