Identifying red flags that a caregiver is not right for a specific patient is key not only for the patient's but also the family's well-being.
Below are some signs of a bad caregiver:
A patient who hides. If you notice the patient hiding instead of spending their time openly in the home, it is a sign they are not comfortable being around their caregiver.
Constant complaining. If a patient consistently complains, find out the basis of their complaints. If they are complaining that the caregiver is not interacting with them or talks down to them, there is reason to be concerned.
Unexplained injuries. New injuries in an otherwise fall-safe home could be indicative of a larger problem. Moreover, unexplained injuries suggest that the caregiver is not keeping a close eye on the patient. It could also suggest more serious problems, such as physical abuse.
Limited access. If you are having a tough time contacting your loved one, it could imply a bigger problem. Besides, if your loved one is never available when you call, or the caregiver makes a habit of staying in the room during the call, further action may be necessary to ensure the patient is safe and receiving proper care.
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