Alabama residents like you entrust that the care facilities you leave your loved ones with will actually provide the services they advertise. They are supposed to care for and provide for your loved ones in their time of need. However, some care providers take advantage of their position of power and abuse it.
U.S. News takes a look at some of the warning signs associated with bad care. Specifically, there are certain non-physical signs that may show if your loved one is suffering from abuse at the hands of the staff. This can include mental or emotional changes. Is your loved one more agitated? Negative? Do they exhibit more signs of anxiety? Do they seem restless?
Observe how they interact with staff as well. Do they seem happy to see them? Is there anyone in particular that they interact with in a way that seems strange or off to you? Do they appear agitated, angry, annoyed or upset when people enter the room?
The staff can also leave behind some signs, as well. For example, if you are constantly getting non-answers to your questions, it could be a warning sign that they are trying to brush you off. Keep an eye out for the turnover rate of the home, as well. Though this does not necessarily indicate whether or not the home is a good place to work for, high turnover rate can prevent patients and carers from bonding, which can lead to a stressful experience. It can also, of course, indicate other problems that may be happening to chase workers away.