Signs of a Substandard Care Facility: Red Flags to Watch Out For
When somebody makes the decision to live in a nursing home or long-term care community, their loved ones’ worst fear is that they’ll be mistreated or receive inadequate care. While the vast majority of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other communities geared toward older adults are reputable and trustworthy, instances of misconduct do happen.
Obviously, a care provider isn’t going to broadcast that they don’t treat their residents well, so you’ll have to be on the lookout for signs that something is amiss. While there’s no single marker that determines whether or not a facility is up to snuff, there are consistent red flags of substandard care that crop up time and again. If you notice any of the following at your loved one’s residence, it may be time to start asking hard questions.
Rapid Negative Change
Your loved one’s overall health and wellness is the surest barometer of the care they’re receiving. If a once-social senior is suddenly withdrawn and uncommunicative, there could be cause for alarm. Similarly, if someone is consistently injured or unwell, they may not be receiving proper attention. It’s important to distinguish between degeneration that results from abuse and decline that results from old age or disease. If you notice Dad or Mom growing worse, ask the staff what’s going on with them.
Whether inquiring about the status of your relative or asking about any other aspect of the care facility, you should receive direct, straightforward answers. Employees who give you the runaround have likely been trained that way, so it’s important to be persistent. A low-level staff member may not have all the answers, but they should be able to put you in touch with someone who does.
Making sure residents are properly washed is a fundamental service. Failure to provide this basic level of care is one of the most worrying signals you can observe. The same goes for the cleanliness of the facility, which should be spotless. When you notice a lack of hygiene standards, it’s a good idea to question whether your loved one is in the right place.
If you suspect your loved one has been the victim of elder care abuse or neglect, call our office at (813) 259-0022. We’ll help you get the care and compensation your family deserves.