As an adult child of an aging parent, you have likely experienced a wide range of emotions as you help your loved one transition into a new lifestyle. Many New Mexico households include an elderly member who can no longer function independently on a day-to-day basis. It can be stressful, and even a bit frightening, to try to find a nursing home facility to fit your mother’s or father’s particular needs.

There are certain ways to tell if a specific assisted living environment would provide for your parent’s needs and help him or her maintain as high quality a life as possible. Sadly, thorough research and regular review of your loved one’s surroundings is not always enough to avoid nursing negligence problems. That’s why it’s also a good idea to set up a strong support network from the start.

Primary issues of concern

There’s no such thing as a perfect nursing home. However, it’s important to consider basic need issues, such as daily meals, nursing care, social activities and, of course, the economic factors involved in helping your parent move into a fully assisted living facility.

Ask around

One of the easiest ways to tell how a nursing home ranks for quality care is to speak with other residents and their family members when you visit. If you keep hearing stories that include negative opinions, it’s definitely a sign that warrants further investigation.

Look around

What you witness when you visit a particular nursing home can tell you a lot about the quality of living the residents are experiencing there. Are the common areas, as well as the private rooms, clean and well-kept? If you notice worn carpeting, peeling paint or a stench, consider it a warning that living conditions may not be up to par.

If a problem arises

Once you have chosen a nursing home and have helped your aging parent move into his or her new home, you obviously can’t be there with him or her 24/7. That’s why it’s critical to stay alert and closely observe, not only the surroundings but also your parent’s disposition, physical appearance and mood, every time you visit or speak with him or her by phone.

If you notice signs of substandard care, you can take action to immediately bring the matter to the appropriate officials’ attention. Many New Mexico families also seek legal support to help them seek justice on behalf of loved ones whose caregivers have been negligent.