As people age, they eventually reach a point where they can no longer manage living alone. In order to live comfortably and receive the greatest care possible to ensure senior safety, a senior living home is the ideal choice for many older adults who are living alone.
Different centers provide various services and amenities. However, finding out that the care you anticipated for your loved one falls short of expectations can be quite upsetting. If you are wondering how you’d be able to tell, there are four telltale signs of a poor senior living community.
Obvious Emotional or Physical Changes
At random and varying times, show up in the center and check on your parent’s wellbeing. Do they behave less energetically than usual? Have they stopped taking part in community events? Maybe they have become distant and have stopped talking. You ought to be worried. Your loved one may grow irritable and withdraw if they feel neglected and talked down to. They might also experience sudden mood swings, hunger loss, and panic.
There is a serious problem if you observe signs of physical abuse and neglect. This is evident if your loved one has bruises without a known cause or ulcers. Also, look for skin tears in areas of your loved one’s body that are not immediately apparent. These are possible signs that the community team is not treating your loved one well.
The Team Deflects Your Questions or Gives Unsatisfactory Answers
How do the staff members reply when you inquire about the bruises your loved one has? Do they often fail to respond with an adequate explanation? They could be reluctant to talk about your loved one’s care. This implies that something is simply wrong.
If you ask the personnel about your loved one’s weight loss, they have to be able to provide ready responses. You should be concerned if they respond to you ineffectively or with blank stares.
Staff Shortage or High Staff Turnover
On your visits, do the personnel seem consistently busy and disorganized? Do you ever observe them interacting with the residents or notice a noticeable attitude change as a result of shift changes?
Perhaps, you might also find yourself running into new employees whenever you visit. There’s a good chance that nobody on staff is familiar with your loved one. This is because there isn’t regular staff-resident interaction to support excellent senior care. Finding a different elder care facility is justified when you notice a high staff turnover rate.
Your Loved One Is Picky About Staff Members
Does your loved one seem to favor any particular employees above others? Recognize that this could be a problem. By right, your parent shouldn’t experience anxiety or distress when around any team member. Even if your loved one has a cognitive ability issue, this still holds true. Investigate the situation carefully and inform the center’s management.
Perhaps the other employees who don’t get along with your loved one abuse or ignore him. Without your loved one saying anything, you might be able to notice this. Do you observe a smile on your loved one’s face when the nurse approaches? Or does he look scared or worried? Something might be amiss, so make sure to probe further!
Our independent living community prides itself on providing high quality, attentive care that will enable both you and your loved one to have peace of mind while they are residing here. Schedule a tour of our vibrant community to see it for yourself!