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A closer look at nursing home abuse

It is not uncommon for those in New Mexico nursing homes to experience physical, financial or emotional abuse. Examples of physical abuse could include hitting, slapping or pushing a resident. Examples of emotional abuse could include failing to provide relief from bedsores or isolating a person from their friends or family. Those who are asked to perform sexual acts or give staff members money against their will are also victims of abuse.

Here is why you shouldn't get bed sores in a nursing home

When licensed care providers take care of you or your loved one in a New Mexico nursing home, you can expect them to offer quality care according to state laws and accepted safety and protocol standards. Perhaps, you are the adult child of an elderly parent who recently transitioned to a fully assisted living environment. You no doubt researched many facilities before choosing one that you and your family member believed was a good fit for your family's needs.

CSM update to Nursing Home Compare website creates ambiguity

New Mexico residents who are seeking a nursing home for an elderly loved one have probably gone on the Nursing Home Compare website. Back in October 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made a change to this website that some experts are saying is doing more harm than good.

Nursing home sued over sexual assault

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities in New Mexico and around the country are expected to do all they reasonably can to keep their patients and residents safe. That's why they can be held accountable in civil court when they fail to meet this standard of care. A nursing home in California was reminded of this on Dec. 16 when an elderly patient and her daughter filed a lawsuit seeking $50 million in damages.

Wrongful death lawsuits allege nursing home neglect

Many people in New Mexico are concerned about the care their loved ones will receive in a nursing home. There have been lots of reports of abuse and neglect at care facilities, and people may find it difficult to determine if a particular facility will be a safe place. Many elderly people living in nursing homes are vulnerable, may have memory issues and find it hard to advocate for themselves. This can be especially troubling if relatives are unable to frequently visit their loved one in the facility.

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