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What is the Patient Care Monitoring Act?

If you have a loved one in a New Mexico nursing home or who is going to be living in a nursing home, then it is important for you to understand the Patient Care Monitoring Act. Many people use video cameras to monitor the care their loved one is being given, and this Act may give you the right to do so.

Despite the dangers, nursing home abuse cases are underreported

Nursing home abuse is unlawful and can happen to anyone who is living in a nursing home in New Mexico. Though seniors are at risk of suffering harm at the hands of their roommates and other residents, many of them are being abused by the workers. Loved ones are encouraged to visit often and report any signs and suspicions of mistreatment to facility administrators and the local authorities. Nursing homes also have an obligation to report abuse cases. However, “more than 25 percent of serious nursing home abuse incidents go unreported”, states NPR.org. 

Recognizing the signs of financial exploitation

One form of elder abuse that you should learn how to recognize if you decide to move your elderly parent into a nursing home in Albuquerque involves finances. Financial exploitation affects many older people, not just those who live in nursing homes. According to a study on Forbes.com, for every 44 financial exploitation incidents, only one is reported. Financial abuse is one of the most underreported forms of abuse that seniors experience. 

Admission agreement bars nursing home patient from civil recourse

Families who entrust their loved ones to the care or nursing homes in Albuquerque do so with the expectation that they will receive the highest quality of care. Sadly, rather than meeting that expectation, the staffs of such facilities sometimes instead perpetrate verbal, physical and even sexual abuse on residents. Those who discover that their family members or friends have experienced such abuse likely assume that legal recourse is available to them to make those guilty of it pay (and to hold the facilities that allow it to happen accountable). Yet surprisingly, that is not always the case. 

Is nursing home abuse properly reported?

If you have a loved one in a nursing home in New Mexico, then you probably have concerns about his or her safety. When you looked for a nursing home, you likely did research and looked at its reputation. You may have inquired about instances of abuse. Your main goal was to ensure your loved one would be well cared for and safe. 

What are signs of emotional abuse in the elderly?

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.

Red flags to look for when considering nursing homes

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.

Nursing home abuse can be difficult to combat

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.

What should I do if I suspect nursing home abuse?

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.

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