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Are nursing homes an effective solution for 24-7 care?

If you have a loved one in New Mexico who is aging and requires significant assistance with day-to-day tasks, you may have started to explore your options for help with caregiving. While you may desire to care for your loved one on your own, you openly acknowledge that additional help is needed. A look into the purpose and effectiveness of putting your family member in a nursing home may be just the solution to help you make your decision. 

One of the most important aspects of comparing nursing homes in your area is to look closely at their reviews and to observe the commitment of the staff when you ask for a tour. The facility's staff should be patient and willing to answer your questions, be familiar with their protocols and show compassion and respect to all of the residents. You should be able to witness transparency in how the residents are cared for and be informed of what you can do if you have concerns or complaints. 

According to the National Institute on Aging, nursing homes can specialize in various conditions including dementia and Alzheimer's. Some of the services they may offer to your loved one include the following:

  • 24-hour supervision
  • Therapy and rehabilitation services
  • Nursing care
  • Assistance with meal preparation, self-care and social activities  

Nursing home staff can also help your family member with medication distribution and allow them access to immediate medical care in the case of an emergency. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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