Assisted living communities in New Mexico offer many more amenities than a nursing home and greater independent living for a senior citizen. Whether your senior loved one should reside in an assisted living community or a nursing home depends on the level of independence your relative currently enjoys. Anyone looking at assisted living should also check carefully to see if the community offers proper care and support.
There comes a time in life where elderly parents and loved ones need extra help in their daily lives. Age takes its toll, effecting physical capability and mental state. Many people spend their later years in a nursing home or senior care facility because they are vulnerable to their surroundings. A controlled environment limits exposure and maintains their safety.
If you are a New Mexico resident with a parent living in a nursing home or continuing care facility, you probably want to assume that the care they receive there is equal or superior to the care that you, yourself, would provide. Regrettably, however, this is not always the case, with nursing home abuse, neglect and understaffing all rampant problems across New Mexico and the rest of the nation. At The Harvey & Foote Law Firm, we recognize that bed sores are one of many problems that can arise when nursing home staff fail to uphold the duties of their job, and we have helped many residents and their families who developed bedsores because of nursing home neglect seek appropriate recourse.
A number of people who suffer from dementia in New Mexico and across the nation end up relying on the care of nursing home professionals. Due to the destructive nature of the disease, dementia can cause forgetfulness, disorientation, irritability, agitation, depression, confusion, difficulty communicating and trouble understanding. These personality traits can make it difficult for people to care for those with dementia, and they often are placed in nursing care facilities. In some cases, these people are easy targets for abuse, as they may not be able to defend themselves or report the abuse to others.
If you are among the many people facing the difficult task of placing one of your parents or another loved one in a nursing home, you are probably doing everything in your power to find a reputable, safe facility. Regrettably, however, allegations of abuse and neglect plague many American nursing homes.