Social services, such as Social Security benefits, food benefits and health benefits, are designed by local or national governments to help the public. If you are unaware of what social services are available in your area, check the DexKnows social services listings.
If you are a senior or bringing a senior into a senior care facility, you want to make sure it is a safe and healthy environment. Look at the demeanor of the staff. Are they attentive and kind, or do they seem distracted? This can give you a hint of how patients are treated. Do the building, bedding, kitchen area and staff appear clean and organized? Cleanliness is important, particularly if you are at risk of infection.
Family services run the gamut from child protective services to food assistance. When it comes to food assistance, you want to make sure the food is being handled properly and is not out of date. The staff should behave with discretion and without judgment. If the service is offering food benefits, you want to deal with a staff that is friendly and responsible with your personal information. For example, an employee speaking loudly or rudely about a person who is getting benefits is cause for concern.
Youth service facilities may provide daycare, after-school activities, fitness programs or help for troubled youths. You want to be sure that these facilities have enough adults to manage the children. You should also ask what type of background checks have been conducted on the adults. The space should be clean, inviting and not giving preferential treatment to children of a certain race, gender or class.
Unfortunately, according to the Huffington Post, caseloads for mental health social service providers have risen nearly 50 percent since the start of the recession in the United States. This means places are going to be busy and the caseloads will still be high. You may have to forgive them for that because a lot of people need help. Nonetheless, you should make sure a mental health facility has experience dealing with your specific issue and the time to handle your situation.
You should always tell a mental health worker aware if you are feeling suicidal. He or she should give you some help numbers, such as an emergency hotline number or a 24-hour number at which to reach them. If you are immediately at risk, they should offer immediate treatment and counseling. Otherwise, you may need to go to an emergency room for help. Emergency rooms should also provide you with follow-up suicide prevention options.
If you are in need of assistance, you can look in the DexKnows social services listings. Talk to a social worker to find the right agency or department for your needs. Some can even help you with the paperwork.
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