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What is sundowning syndrome?

If you have an elderly loved one, you may notice many behaviors or changes in him or her with age. You may even have to put your loved one in a nursing home because he or she requires care you can no longer handle. There are also some conditions that may come with age that make life hard for your loved one and for you or his or her caregiver. One such condition is sundowning syndrome.

Do all assisted living communities have doctors?

New Mexico seniors who need a moderate level of assistance in their daily lives without the full time care of a nursing home may find a good place to live in an assisted living community. However, if you are concerned about your older loved one having quick access to a doctor in the event of an emergency, keep in mind that some communities do not have doctors on site.

The dangers of molds in nursing homes

When you see black spots on your bathroom walls, you know it is time to break out your best cleaners. Mold growth is not just a problem for ordinary homes, though. New Mexico nursing homes can also face problems with mold, which may in turn harm residents if the mold is not dealt with in a timely fashion.

What can nursing home neglect look like?

Plenty of New Mexican residents like you trust nursing homes to treat your loved ones with respect, kindness, and care. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. Harvey & Foote Law Firm are here to help if you believe your loved one has suffered due to the neglectful actions or behavior of staff at their nursing home.

How do you tell if a nursing home is safe?

You are not alone if you had to make a quick decision about residential care. Many New Mexico residents rush into choosing nursing homes as a direct result of an elderly family member's injury or medical condition. If you did not have enough time to fully vet each option before you made your decision, it could be time to review the situation.

Making sure your senior loved one stays warm

When it comes to cold weather, the nursing home staff that takes care of your loved one in New Mexico should pay close attention to your relative’s ability to stay warm. According to the National Institutes of Health website, sicknesses or medical conditions can negatively affect a senior citizen’s ability to maintain proper body heat. So whatever ails your relative may also make it harder for your loved one to keep warm.

Falls the leading cause of fatal injury among older adults

When you leave your loved one in a New Mexico nursing home, you want to feel confident that someone is looking out for him or her and making efforts to reduce any hazards that could potentially lead to injury. Regrettably, however, today’s older Americans are falling and injuring themselves at alarming rates, and many residents who suffer serious falls live in nursing home or assisted living facility environments. At the Harvey & Foote Law Firm, we understand that when older people fall, serious injuries often result, and we have helped many people who suffered injury or hardship because of nursing home negligence pursue appropriate recourse.

84-year-old nursing home resident allegedly raped

Nursing homes should be safe places for New Mexico citizens who can no longer care for themselves due to age or infirmity. However, with approximately one-third of nursing homes cited for abuse and neglect, mistreatment of nursing home residents, including sexual assault, is a growing problem. 

Should I worry what my senior relative watches on television?

It is common for people to worry about how television affects children. However, you might not be aware that what your aged loved one watches in a New Mexico nursing home is also important. Due to the greater emotional fragility of many seniors, particularly those who suffer from dementia, television can have a greater impact on a senior’s emotional state.

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