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Nursing Home Social Isolation

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It is not uncommon for individuals in nursing homes to begin to withdraw socially as they get older. This does not have to be the case, as proper treatment and social interaction can help prevent withdrawal from social interaction. Social withdrawal can also be a result of abuse in a nursing home, where the abused elder may have been intimidated or ashamed by abuse that can make them feel isolated or beyond help.

Causes of Social Withdrawal and Isolation in Nursing Home Neglect Cases

elderly woman eating aloneMany elders lose friends and loved ones as they age. As these intimate relationships break or disappear with time, it can leave an elder increasingly alone with fewer friends to reach out to. In addition, the loss of mobility, impairment of speech and hearing, cognition impairment, and increased dependency on members of nursing home staff can cause an elder to feel increasingly isolated and to stop participating in the activities of life.

Additionally, an elder may be subject to an unfortunate situation where they have been abused at the hands of nursing home staff. Other than the inherent breach of trust that this represents, an attack on a helpless elder can leave them feeling isolated and alone. Abusive nursing home staff can also threaten an abused elder into silence.

Ways to Avoid Social Withdrawal and Isolation in Nursing Homes


Negligence on the part of nursing home staff is also a key reason that many residents of nursing homes end up with social isolation and withdrawal. Failure to engage residents in social activities can increase the speed at which social withdrawal sets in. To avoid this, properly trained and caring nursing home staff should engage in social activities with residents. Examples of these activities include: group outings, nature walks, competitions such as bridge club or bingo, movie nights, or even in-room visits of those too ill to be able to move to other parts of the facility for participation in other activities.