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Putting your parents, grandparents or other relatives in a nursing home facility was probably not your first choice, but you undoubtedly put a good amount of effort and care into your search. Once you realize that extended care is the best choice for your loved one, it makes sense that you would want the best available.

What does financial elder abuse look like?

It is not uncommon for New Mexico families to send their elderly loved ones to nursing or group homes for the medical care and ongoing support they need. Unfortunately, while many of these facilities provide outstanding care, families today have to worry about nursing home abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Though there are symptoms of all three of which you should be aware should you decide to send a loved one to a nursing home, Money Crashers details a few ways nursing home staff take advantage of elderly individuals' finances.

Are there viable alternatives to nursing homes?

Because of the high prevalence rate of nursing home abuse and neglect, many families seek out alternatives to nursing homes for elderly loved ones who need round-the-clock care. If you do not want to risk your loved one's health and safety, you may wonder if there are viable alternatives to nursing homes in New Mexico. Fortunately, the answer is yes. Medicare.gov lists just a few. 

What are some signs of abuse in a nursing home?

As a resident of New Mexico with elderly loved ones to care for, you often trust professional carers to look after and provide for them. In many cases, you may entrust them to the care of a nursing home. Unfortunately, these nursing homes may sometimes have employees who may abuse their residents. At Harvey & Foote Law Firm, we are here to help if you have reason to believe that your loved one is currently facing similar circumstances.

New Mexico's nursing home condition realities

Most people in New Mexico know at least one family who has a loved one living in a nursing home. Many are in this situation themselves as more and more people in the baby boom generation move to ages where such care may be needed. Anyone who needs this type of care for a relative should be able to trust that their loved one is well treated. Unfortunately, that does not always happen.

Why do nursing homes evict residents?

New Mexico families want the peace of mind of knowing that their loved ones who live in nursing homes have a secure residence. However, there are times when a nursing home notifies you that your relative can no longer stay there. This sudden news can be disconcerting since you now have to find a new home for your senior relative. So why do nursing homes evict their residents, and is it legal? 

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 impacts of elder abuse and neglect

If you have an aging relative in New Mexico who needs more care than you can adequately provide to them at home, you might end up making the decision to move them into a facility where they can receive the support they need. By design, nursing homes should be places where elderly persons can be safe and cared for in a dignified and compassionate manner. Sadly, these facilities can at times be the very places in which people experience serious abuse or neglect.

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