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What are the psychological effects of nursing home neglect?

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2023 | Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse |

When your family member moves into a nursing home, you may not initially think about the ways that they could suffer from neglect. Noticing subtle signs when you visit them is important, especially when these issues are psychological.

Talking to your elderly loved one and taking note of what the staff is doing can help you if you suspect they are suffering.

Increased anxiety

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, a normally outgoing or happy loved one may begin to slowly change into a disagreeable or nervous person once they face neglect from nursing home staff. Staff members ignoring older people and leaving them unable to care for themselves can make them afraid to voice their opinions.

If you notice your loved one shrinking away whenever a staff member enters the room or refusing to talk to them, it could be a sign of a worse problem.


Since many neglected elderly residents can struggle to get a shower or fix a meal for themselves without help, neglect can impact how they feel about their abilities. Torn or dirty clothing can show that no one is helping them change or wash up, which can lead to depression about how they look and feel.

Lack of motivation

Your loved one’s room may also show signs of neglect and a lack of tidiness. Bugs, dirt and cobwebs are common signs that no one is cleaning their room.

No matter the ways that your loved one shows signs of neglect, taking the first step can help them live in a safer environment.