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What are the risks of understaffing in nursing homes?

When you check into a nursing home in New Mexico for a loved one, you should always look at the staff. Learning more about the staff can help you to better understand how well the nursing home operates and whether your loved one will get the proper care there. If the nursing home is understaffed, that is a red flag. Understaffing is a major issue in nursing homes and can lead to many problems for the residents.

According to PBS, problems from understaffing can severely impact the care your loved one will receive. When there is not enough staff, care lacks. There are not enough people to help patients when they have a need. It may lead to delays in the delivery of meals and medications. Essentially, it creates gaps in care that could put your loved one at a higher risk for injury and illness.

Make sure you know the types of over-55 housing

Good nursing homes in New Mexico abide by a specific set of rules. These rules are similar to the regulations that dictate the conditions and behaviors of staff inside hospitals. 

Unfortunately, we at Harvey & Foote Law Firm find that some housing facilities do not follow these guidelines. If there is a problem that leads to an injury, the company running the home could be liable for damages. The complicated part is sometimes determining whether or not your facility is a nursing home in the first place.

Are you concerned about a loved one falling at an ALF?

Perhaps your elderly mother has recently made the transition from her home to an assisted living facility. She fell in her bathroom shortly before moving to the ALF, and you worry she may fall again. What can you and the nursing staff do to help prevent a recurrence?

A little background

Do all assisted living communities have doctors?

New Mexico seniors who need a moderate level of assistance in their daily lives without the full time care of a nursing home may find a good place to live in an assisted living community. However, if you are concerned about your older loved one having quick access to a doctor in the event of an emergency, keep in mind that some communities do not have doctors on site.

Because assisted living communities are home to even frail residents, it is natural to think that such communities would have doctors available. However, Marketwatch points out that many assisted living facilities actually lack doctors or nurses. In reality, many living assisted facilities vary according to whether they have medical staff available and the kind of medical professionals in the community that are ready to respond to emergencies.

The dangers of molds in nursing homes

When you see black spots on your bathroom walls, you know it is time to break out your best cleaners. Mold growth is not just a problem for ordinary homes, though. New Mexico nursing homes can also face problems with mold, which may in turn harm residents if the mold is not dealt with in a timely fashion.

U.S. News and World Report explains that mold can show up as stains or spots and may manifest in different colors, such as black, green, brown or gray. Mold spores are known for producing allergies. People who inhale mold spores or pieces of molds in the air can develop a runny nose, cough, itch or sneeze. Other symptoms may include a burning of the eyes or a drying of the skin.

What are the average damages for wrongful death?

Losing a loved one is never easy. That would be especially true if your loss came as a result of someone else's neglect. Having someone you trust take actions or omit duties that led to the death of a family member: It is the exact type of thing you would never expect to happen to you. Unfortunately, you are at risk for this exact tragedy when do you put your aging parents or grandparents into New Mexico nursing homes.

It would be little consolation, but a successful wrongful death lawsuit could potentially help you handle some of the unexpected costs of such an event. To obtain monetary compensation for your loss, you would probably have to pursue one of two strategies, either persuading a court to rule in your favor or securing a settlement before a formal decision.

What can nursing home neglect look like?

Plenty of New Mexican residents like you trust nursing homes to treat your loved ones with respect, kindness, and care. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. Harvey & Foote Law Firm are here to help if you believe your loved one has suffered due to the neglectful actions or behavior of staff at their nursing home.

Nursing home neglect differs from abuse in numerous ways, but shares similarities as well. For example, neglect can be intentional or unintentional. However abuse is usually intentional, and done with a malicious motivation in mind. Neglect can take many different forms, which is a similarity shared with abuse.

Why do nursing homes use psychotropic drugs for dementia?

New Mexico dementia patients require a lot of care due to their declining memory and cognitive abilities. In many cases, nursing homes will use psychotropic drugs to help sedate and calm dementia patients. However, using these drugs is not appropriate for dementia patients, and as of the past decade, the Food and Drug Administration has required manufacturers to place warning labels on these drugs.

The Washington Post reported that nursing homes over the years have used these drugs to restrain or “discipline” dementia sufferers. The FDA, however, has required drug manufacturers to place the strongest possible warnings on psychotropic drugs to make it clear that their use on dementia patients is not advised. And while psychotropic drug usage has decreased in nursing homes has decreased, one in six nursing home patients still receive them without receiving an approved diagnosis.

Be able to notice the signs of elder financial abuse

Elder abuse sadly occurs in many nursing homes around the country. USA Today tracked where many of these instances happened. Although it did not have reported data for New Mexico, it is safe to say the state still has a long way to go when it comes to ensuring all senior citizens in nursing homes are safe. 

Nursing home abuse takes many forms. While physical abuse and neglect certainly happen, many seniors fall victim to financial scams. In many cases, the caretakers in the facilities take advantage of their positions to acquire money and valuables. Look out for the following signs if you worry a caretaker has abused his or her position. 

How do you tell if a nursing home is safe?

You are not alone if you had to make a quick decision about residential care. Many New Mexico residents rush into choosing nursing homes as a direct result of an elderly family member's injury or medical condition. If you did not have enough time to fully vet each option before you made your decision, it could be time to review the situation.

The last thing you want is for further misfortune to befall the person you care about. If someone you care for had an accident while in residential care, it would already be too late to reclaim the good health and vivacity they had previously enjoyed. While you could potentially retrieve monetary damages by pursuing a civil lawsuit, no amount of remuneration is likely to completely heal the emotional and physical injuries caused by nursing home abuse and neglect. 

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