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What should you look for in an elderly foster home?

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.

The link between drug abuse and nursing home neglect

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.

What do I need to know about nursing home records?

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.

How have penalties for health and safety violations changed?

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. 

Judging the most reliable nursing home for your loved one

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. 

Is neglect an issue at my loved one's nursing home?

While there's no question that nursing home abuse is abhorrent, nursing home neglect can be equally damaging. While these behaviors may fall short of actual physical or emotional abuse, they still cause significant harm to your family member. This is especially true for residents with severely limited mobility, who are reliant on staff for daily assistance. To ensure you can put an end to neglect and get your loved one the care he or she needs, NextAvenue.org explains some of the common signs. 

Bedsores explained

The decision to relocate a loved one to a nursing home in Albuquerque is no doubt a difficult one. You may be willing to see to your family member or friend's every need, yet oftentimes, their conditions may require a level of attention that the circumstances of your own life simply do not allow you to give. This may be especially true if your loved one has mobility issues. You might think that caring for one confined to a bed or wheelchair would be easy, yet as many of those that we here at the Harvey & Foote Law Firm have discovered, such confinement presents its own unique challenges. 

What may be causing malnutrition in my elder relative?

According to the Mayo Clinic, malnutrition in older adults can manifest in a number of ways, from wounds that are slow to heal, to laggard defenses against disease, to weakness in the muscles and a lessening of bone mass. If you have an elderly relative who resides in a New Mexico nursing home and is showing some of these signs, there are some reasons why this might occur and are worth investigating.

Are nursing homes an effective solution for 24-7 care?

If you have a loved one in New Mexico who is aging and requires significant assistance with day-to-day tasks, you may have started to explore your options for help with caregiving. While you may desire to care for your loved one on your own, you openly acknowledge that additional help is needed. A look into the purpose and effectiveness of putting your family member in a nursing home may be just the solution to help you make your decision. 

What should I do if I think my loved one is overmedicated?

It is not uncommon for people to wonder if something is wrong when their senior loved one starts acting differently than usual. Some family members have elderly relatives in a New Mexico nursing home, where the staff is responsible for providing them with their medication. When an elderly person is asleep for longer periods or acts disoriented or groggy, many family members worry that their relative is sick or is perhaps overmedicated.

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