If you have an elderly relative in a nursing home in New Mexico, you may be concerned about abuse. Stories are often told about resident abuse, and many elderly individuals are unable to communicate what is happening to them. It then becomes your job to watch out for signs of abuse. It can be easy to notice physical abuse, but what about emotional abuse? Even outside a nursing home situation, emotional abuse can be tough to detect, but there are signs you can watch out for.
The decision to place a loved one in a New Mexico nursing home or long-term care facility is never easy, but it becomes increasingly difficult if you have concerns about the type of care he or she will receive once you leave the facility. Regrettably, many nursing homes are understaffed, and many nursing home staff members are undertrained, underpaid and overworked, and these factors together sometimes result in nursing home abuse or neglect. At Harvey & Foote Law Firm, we understand your concerns for your loved one, and we have helped many clients seek justice when their loved ones suffer abuse or neglect at the hands of someone supposed to care for them.
Families who have loved ones in a nursing home in New Mexico may be concerned about their well-being. This is not a silly concern either with nursing home abuse being a serious issue. However, as ABC News reports, many times when nursing home abuse reports are made, investigations find they are not severe enough to be considered actual harm even though families would not be so quick to dismiss the incidents.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, it can be a scary experience for you both. Your loved one in thrust into a new environment away from everything he or she has known. You are forced to entrust people you do not know with the care of someone dear to you. It is never easy to leave them, especially when nursing home abuse stories seem to be rampant.
The proliferation of nursing homes and elder care centers suggest that they are safe places for the elderly to live and be cared for, but unfortunately they can be quite dangerous for senior citizens.
A 28-year-old nursing facility worker has been accused of abusing a resident of the facility where he was employed. The man has since confessed to the abuse and will face two counts of abusing a vulnerable adult in court. If convicted of the charges, the man could be sentenced to two years in prison. Although this nursing home abuse case did not happen in New Mexico, similar incidents are not uncommon at nursing facilities in the state.
The average life expectancy for a person living in the United States is just shy of 79 years of age. Compared to 1950, that represents an increase of about 10 years. By 2025, many experts believe that life expectancy in our country will be over 80 years of age. With an increasing number of elderly individuals living in the United States, including in New Mexico, more Americans will require care in a nursing home. Regrettably, some of them may be at risk of nursing home abuse.
Most Americans will live to be approximately 79 years of age. However, average life expectancies have been rising steadily since 1950. Ten years from now, the average lifespan for individuals living in New Mexico and the rest of the United States should be more than 80. With more elderly people in the Untied States, we must be on alert for any instances of elder abuse happening to the ones we love.
A nursing home staff member has been found guilty of abusing a patient at a nursing home in the northwest. A judge found the woman guilty and sentenced the woman on a recent Wednesday. The nursing home abuse was discovered by the victim’s family, who videotaped the mistreatment by way of a hidden video camera in the woman’s room. Although this case did not happen in New Mexico, victims in this state can seek justice and legal remedies if they have been subjected to nursing home abuse.
New Mexico is home to many different nursing facilities that, when run properly, offer a vital service to our state’s elderly population. However, not all nursing homes function in a way that benefits their residents. Indeed, the nursing home abuse and neglect that takes place daily in some of these facilities is both inhumane and dangerous to the lives of the people who call these facilities home.