A federal hearing about nursing homes has led to statements from both the health care industry and patient advocates. Advocates are interested in making sure that there is greater awareness of what happens to both patients and care workers in nursing facilities across the country. According to the CEO of the American Health Care Association, patient care in New Mexico and elsewhere has improved dramatically since 2011.
Placing a parent or other elder loved in a New Mexico nursing home or assisted living facility is hard even under the best possible circumstances, but if your loved one also has mobility issues, you may justifiably feel even more trepidation about doing so. At The Harvey & Foote Law Firm, we understand that your concerns may well be justifiable, because falls that lead to serious injuries and resident deaths are alarmingly common in these environments.
When New Mexico residents realize they need to put a parent in a nursing home, they may not know which facility to choose. Many people may have heard stories about nursing home neglect. To ensure a nursing home will take good care of seniors, there are a few questions people should ask when they visit different facilities.
Looking for a nursing home for your aging parents can seem a daunting task, especially after you have heard about incidents of abuse and neglect throughout New Mexico and the rest of the country. The last thing you want is to find out that the caregivers you entrust with the health and well-being of your parents are not treating them right.
New Mexico residents like you trust in the care facilities watching over your loved ones to do a good job. Unfortunately, neglect is an issue in the care industry and you may run into it yourself someday. Today, we'll take a look at one possible sign of neglect: bedsores.
Foster care homes for the elderly, also known as small group homes, allow New Mexico seniors to reside in a home with a smaller number of residents than a nursing home while receiving more specialized care. As Chron.com explains, in order to properly set up and operate an elderly foster care home, there are certain requirements the home must meet, such as licensing and personnel. So if you are viewing a group home as an option for an elderly loved one, here are some things to look out for.
There are many things that could potentially constitute negligence in a nursing home in New Mexico. Slippery floors, poorly maintained equipment, medical errors and even lack of proper training could all lead to injuries for vulnerable residents. However, some of these issues may also contain the element of something more than negligent behavior.
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.
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.
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.