Psychological Abuse in Nursing Homes

The professional and medical services that nursing homes offer individuals can be invaluable to maintaining their dignity and quality of life. When residents entrust their care to a nursing home, they expect the staff to treat them with the respect and professionalism that will maintain their well-being. Though many people greatly benefit from the services of a nursing home, some are made subject to psychological abuse. This type of abuse can have devastating consequences on both the emotional and physical health of affected individuals and should never be tolerated.

Signs of Psychological Abuse

Psychological abuse in nursing homes can be extremely difficult to substantiate, since many residents may not be able to effectively communicate what happened. Accordingly, it is important that families are aware of the following telltale signs of psychological abuse:

  • Prolonged and unreasonable sense of fear or anxiety
  • A lack of interest in social interaction
  • Shifts in behavior that are uncharacteristic or unexplained


When nursing home residents are isolated from their friends and activities, the effects can be particularly severe. Residents depend on nursing home staff for their assistance with the day-to-day activities of their lives, and when these needs are not met as a result of staff member negligence, the responsible parties may be held financially accountable.

Contact a Norfolk Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer Today

At Joe Miller Law, Ltd., our Norfolk legal team treats psychological abuse in nursing homes very seriously, and we will aggressively pursue financial restitution from the responsible party or parties through the civil court system. To discuss the details of your case with one of our legal professionals today, please call (888) 694-1671.