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.
Nine different nursing home employees are facing charges relating to the unfortunate death of an allegedly neglected nursing home patient. The patient was 72 years of age at the time of his death in 2012. The accused individuals in this case chose to plead not guilty on all the charges relating to the criminal nursing home neglect that prosecutors say caused the man’s death. Even though the nursing home that has become the focus of this case is not located in New Mexico, nursing home neglect and abuse cases have become a continuing theme in the United States.
A small group of senior citizens have brought claims against a nursing home relating to nursing home neglect. Some of the litigants are veterans who say they experienced extreme nursing home neglect and abuse while residents at the facility. The nursing home that is at the center of this lawsuit is, thankfully, not located in New Mexico. It is known as Parklane West Healthcare Center.
Nursing home neglect is a serious problem in New Mexico, and when it comes to preventing these situations, one might argue that no amount of regulation is too much. In one out-of-state nursing home neglect case, regulators are doing just that as officials try to improve conditions at the facility. In their attempts to hold the institution up to standard, regulators have levied fines against the home of $33,000 and forced it to spend $50,000 in renovations.