Any resident in New Mexico who has had to search for a nursing home to help provide care for their parent or another aging relative knows how difficult this process can be. Among the challenges associated with finding a facility that fits in a person's budget and that has an available room when it is needed, families must try to assess the quality of care their loved one will receive.
If you are the adult child of a parent in New Mexico who may be getting to the point of needing care beyond what you and other family members can provide, you may well have given thought to finding a nursing home or assisted living facility for your parent. This can be a very scaring proposition for many families as there are a number of residents who experience some form of neglect or abuse at the hands of those tasked with caring for them.
If you have a parent living in a nursing home, you may feel anxious about his or her well-being. It is normal to be concerned about your parents’ happiness and comfort when they are no longer independent and must rely on someone to care for them, especially when they are approaching their final days. As we at the Harvey & Foote Law Firm know, New Mexico residents should also be aware that some nursing home staff members do not have their residents’ best interests in mind.
Many New Mexico residents may be aware of the financial and physical abuse that sometimes occurs in nursing homes. However, psychological elder abuse is a serious problem that is often difficult to recognize and easy to ignore. While the signs of psychological abuse may not be as obvious as those of physical abuse, there are often severe long-term consequences. Nursing home residents, employees and family members may be able to reduce the risk of ongoing abuse when they are able to recognize common signs.
When you put your elderly family friend or loved one in a nursing home, you may do your research to find a facility that you feel is safe. Yet, an alarming number of elderly nursing home residents are victims of some form of nursing home abuse. At least 1 in 10 senior citizens over the age of 60, have been victimized by elder abuse, according to the National Council on Aging. The numbers are thought to be much higher, however, as many cases go unreported. In order to protect your loved one from such abuse, you may want to install a security camera in his or her room. There are ethical and privacy concerns with doing so.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.