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May 2019 Archives

There's a reason for laws against using cell phones while driving

If you've been a licensed New Mexico driver for some time, you no doubt feel quite comfortable behind the wheel. Even if you were among those who thought the parallel parking test would be their demise, once you obtained a driver's license and became an experienced driver, your confidence probably increased, as well. Some licensed drivers are overly confident; in fact, they believe they're invincible.

Why security cameras may not be best for nursing home residents

It is not uncommon to hear stories of nursing home residents being abused by staff members. Roughly 10% of Americans over age 60 have been subject to physical, financial or other forms of elderly abuse. One possible way to protect nursing home residents in New Mexico and elsewhere is to use cameras to record interactions between them and staff members. While it may give loved ones peace of mind that their relatives are safe, security cameras may also present legal and ethical dilemmas.

Nursing home fines down under Trump administration

When President Trump entered office in January 2017, the nursing home industry lobbied his administration to change the way the government fines facilities that have harmed or endangered residents. The pressure worked, and the Trump administration rolled back regulations that were implemented by the Obama administration. As a result, fines against non-compliant nursing homes in New Mexico and elsewhere have dropped sharply.

Nursing home abuse reports rising

New Mexico residents may be concerned with the health and welfare of their elderly relatives, especially if they are being cared for in nursing homes. Reports of nursing home neglect/abuse have been publicized in many media reports. One Connecticut study indicates that elder abuse incidents in the state rose significantly between 2011 and 2017. While there were 11,123 reported elder abuse cases in 2017, there were only 3,529 in 2011. Of those, the state opened an investigation into 7,196 reports.

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