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4 negative impacts of nursing home isolation

In cases of extreme neglect in a nursing home, the elderly may be almost completely isolated and cut off from the outside world. This is hugely detrimental to health, as psychologists note that humans need and crave interaction with other humans. When they do not get it, all sorts of mental and even physical issues can arise.

To help you understand the real scope of this issue, here are four negative impacts to watch out for:

  • Cognitive decline: This is especially notable with the elderly. Their mental abilities may already be faltering. When they get completely cut off, this decline can accelerate. Family members may think it is a natural part of aging, but the real cause may be neglect.
  • Increased stress: The actual amount of stress hormones in the human body increase when people experience prolonged isolation. They need contact with others, but they may not be able to obtain it on their own when dealing with physical limitations.
  • Decreased immune function: The elderly already face high risks from illness and disease. When immune system function declines, this risk become greater. Could a fatal illness start because someone feels isolated?
  • Poor sleep: Not getting proper sleep can harm the body in many ways. It can cause a decreased immune response, for instance. The body has trouble healing, mental conditions seem worse and a person's overall health starts to decline.

You trust the staff at the nursing home to give your loved one a safe, secure place to live. When neglect and isolation take their toll, it is important for you to know what legal options you have.

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