Anyone in Kentucky could feel that another person is being a bully, purposefully acting aggressively or in a threatening way. Nursing home residents may be particularly at risk, though. HelpGuide.org points out that physical and mental health issues may keep them from standing up for themselves, and may make them more vulnerable to verbal attacks.
It is a tragic reality that elderly men and women are susceptible to abuse and mistreatment. This is largely because older persons can suffer from declining mental health, and they are often unfamiliar with computers, cellphones and other technologies that offer resources to report or understand abuse. They also can experience physical frailty, isolation and depression, which can affect their ability to protect themselves from ill-intentioned people.
Southerners often regard family as one of the most important parts of life. And indeed, many Kentuckians maintain close relationships with all members of the family, including elderly loved ones.
When a loved one is placed in the care of a nursing home, we expect that they will be treated well and with dignity. After all, the facility is being paid to provide a standard level of care to patients and residents, so family members have the right to expect that standard will be met.