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Elder abuse is a major problem

For many New Mexico families, elder abuse continues to be a major concern about the well-being of their loved ones. In 2010, the Elder Justice Act was approved by Congress, but elder abuse continues to be a significant concern. For years before the law was passed, advocates emphasized the threat presented by physical abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of elderly people, highlighting the similarity to cases of domestic violence and child abuse. Despite the adoption of the law, however, elder abuse prevention has remained an underserved area of responsibility.

Lawsuit filed against nursing home and staff

Nursing home residents in New Mexico are supposed to have their needs met by a professional staff. However, some facilities here and in other states are seriously lacking in that capacity. For example, a 91-year-old woman was actively taunted by staff members at The Abington of Glenview Nursing & Rehab Center in Chicago. The staff recorded a video of a hospital gown being presented to the resident who had dementia. This occurred even though they knew the woman didn't like gowns.

Find a New Mexico nursing home that fits your loved one's needs

As an adult child of an aging parent, you have likely experienced a wide range of emotions as you help your loved one transition into a new lifestyle. Many New Mexico households include an elderly member who can no longer function independently on a day-to-day basis. It can be stressful, and even a bit frightening, to try to find a nursing home facility to fit your mother's or father's particular needs.

Oversight is key to preventing nursing home abuse

It can be difficult when a family in New Mexico decides that a loved one needs the care and supervision a nursing home is supposed to provide. Inevitable concerns will arise. One factor that few consider is that the facility will be negligent or outright abusive. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse does happen, and it can cause injury and death.

Nursing home residents lose government protections

Many New Mexico residents agonize over the decision to employ a nursing home to care for an elderly or disabled relative. However, it is likely that their houses or apartments are equipped with the resources to provide for people who need serious care, especially if memory or other cognitive issues are involved.

Poor care at nursing homes and hospices

According to three reports, there are significant problems with the care patients receive in some hospices and nursing homes in New Mexico and the rest of the country. Hundreds of health care providers are providing inadequate and dangerous care that is being concealed from consumers. It is also important to note that there is a lack of state and federal resources to take action.

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