After having witnessed your elderly loved one succumb to ailments requiring ongoing care and support, chances are you spent considerable time finding a qualified facility in Alabama where he or she can receive the help needed. Now, you are entrusting the care of someone who is important to you, to other people who you can only hope will provide compassionate and high-quality care.

Your awareness of the signs of abuse and neglect may help you to feel more at ease about the well-being of your family member. Knowing what signs to look for that could indicate mistreatment can also help you to be vigilant in recognizing concerns before they pose a threat to your family member’s safety.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institute on Aging, if your usually calm and collected loved one has appeared more agitated or becomes upset easily, it could be an indication that mistreatment is happening. Likewise, depression, anxiety, loss of sleep, changes in demeanor or alterations to personality are all other indications that something may be wrong.

Physically, if your family member appears to be dirty or unkempt or has unexplained injuries or illnesses, it may be time to take action and figure out what is going on. Care facilities that are committed to patient well-being will ensure that your family member is adequately cared for and provide opportunities for meaningful social interaction. They will encourage your family member to stay active and encourage you to visit. Watching the demeanor of staff members can be quite telling in identifying how committed a facility is to your family member’s health and happiness.