When we place our elderly loved one under the care of a guardian, we place a great deal of trust in that individual. Unfortunately, these guardians all too often do not have our loved one’s best interests at heart and may psychologically abuse them. It can be difficult to imagine someone treating our family member in such a way, but when this becomes the case, it is often essential to take legal action against the responsible party.
Signs of Psychological Abuse
It can be difficult for elders to speak up about psychological abuse that may be taking place at the hands of their guardian, making it important to be able to spot signs of such abuse including:
- Withdrawal from loved ones
- Increased depression
- Reluctance to talk openly
- Avoiding eye contact
- Change in sleeping or eating habits
- High anxiety
- Isolation from daily activities
When elders start to exhibit these behaviors, it may be a possible sign of psychological abuse. We rightfully expect the guardians of our loved ones to take the best care of them possible. When they fail to do so, the effects can be devastating. At Peck Ritchey, LLC, we believe that no individual should have to suffer the effects of psychological abuse.
Contact an Elder Abuse Attorney in Chicago
If your loved one has become a victim of psychological abuse from their guardian, the Chicago legal team at Peck Ritchey, LLC, is dedicated to helping families receive the legal advice they need. Our lawyers understand how traumatic this abuse can be. Call our offices today at (855) 328-5787 to learn more.