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What do I need to know about nursing home records?

You may have a relative in a New Mexico nursing home and are not satisfied with how the home is caring for your loved one. You might even be considering legal action on the basis of mistreatment. To help reveal possible problems with your loved one’s care, asking the home for your relative’s record is a vital move. According to The Expert Institute, there are a number of things you and your attorney should be aware of concerning a nursing home record.

Considering your emotional loss

There are few things worse than having your trust betrayed. At Harvey and Foote Law Firm, we understand that there could be a number of conflicting and confusing emotions involved in serious injury cases involving seniors. Anger, guilt, remorse, sadness: These words do little to describe the feeling of loss that occurs when your loved ones suffer an injury while under a supposedly responsible party's care.

How have penalties for health and safety violations changed?

When there is a violation of a health or safety rule in a New Mexico nursing home that results in harm to or endangerment of a resident, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services impose a fine. NPR reports that within the last five years, a new policy went into effect that changed the way that regulators punished a facility for allegedly harming a patient. In the past, regulators could act according to their own discretion in choosing to impose penalties on facilities in which residents came to harm, but the new policy requires punishment in the form of fines for every facility in every instance that patient harm comes to light. 

Judging the most reliable nursing home for your loved one

When you begin considering the possibility of placing your family member in a nursing care facility in New Mexico, chances are your decision has not come before extensive time was spent weighing your options. At Harvey & Foote Law Firm, we are committed to acting as advocates for nursing home patients and their families in guaranteeing they are treated with compassion and respect. 

Is neglect an issue at my loved one's nursing home?

While there's no question that nursing home abuse is abhorrent, nursing home neglect can be equally damaging. While these behaviors may fall short of actual physical or emotional abuse, they still cause significant harm to your family member. This is especially true for residents with severely limited mobility, who are reliant on staff for daily assistance. To ensure you can put an end to neglect and get your loved one the care he or she needs, NextAvenue.org explains some of the common signs. 

Is your aging loved one getting the right medication?

When you placed your elderly mother or father in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, you assumed they would receive exemplary care. Unfortunately, though, nursing home abuse is not exactly uncommon in the Land of Enchantment. By watching for the signs of nursing home abuse, you can better advocate for your aging loved one’s overall health. 

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