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Dementia: Higher risk for abuse in nursing homes?

As your friends and loved ones age, you may be forced to consider putting them in a long-term care facility or nursing home to ensure they have constant access to medical personnel. This is especially true if your elderly loved one is one of the five million people in the United States currently suffering from dementia. Dementia is a progressive brain disease, that causes loss of memory, confusion, disorientation and affects peoples’ ability to communicate, problem-solve, focus and complete everyday tasks. Alzheimer’s disease is a common form of this disorder caused by plaque build-up in the brain. Sadly, people who have this disorder may be targeted as abuse victims in nursing home facilities because of their inability to communicate and defend themselves against their attackers. 

Nursing home abuse and TBIs

At the Harvey & Foote Law Firm in New Mexico, we represent numerous people who have received serious injuries as the result of nursing home abuse and neglect. We therefore realize that nursing home residents, especially elderly ones, face a high risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury if and when they fall.

How do New Mexico nursing homes rank?

When you have a friend, family member or loved one who is getting older and needs assistance to complete daily tasks and activities, you may consider moving them to a nursing home. Nursing homes help elderly and handicapped individuals who need close medical attention and care that they cannot get from a residential situation. While you may hope that your loved one is getting the attention and medical services they deserve, this is not always the case. A surprising number of nursing home resident injuries, deaths and reports of abuse occur at an alarming rate in New Mexico. How exactly to the nursing homes here measure up to nursing care facilities across the country?

Why do some seniors remain silent about financial abuse?

The financial exploitation of senior citizens is unfortunately a very real crime that many elderly people fall victim to. While some seniors are eager to seek help to get out of their situation, others do not speak up even when they know they are being abused. Even if your elderly relative is housed at a New Mexico nursing home, it is possible for your loved one to remain silent about a financial abuser for a number of reasons.

Is the nursing home chemically restraining your parent?

If you have had to place your parent in a New Mexico nursing home due to his or her failing health, you need to know about the fact that many such facilities engage in the illegal practice of chemical restraint. This practice refers to the nursing home dosing your parent with medications not prescribed for him or her by a physician, but which allow the nursing home staff to better control him or her.

What are signs of psychological abuse?

New Mexican residents like you trust the facilities you leave your parents or grandparents in to treat them with dignity, kindness and respect. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. There may even be some situations in which there are abusive members of staff present, so knowing how to spot signs of invisible abuse can be important.

Help us make New Mexico safer for our elders

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. 

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