There are many people in the Albuquerque area who have a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s. These are serious illnesses that can be devastating to families. Many times those with dementia or Alzheimer’s come to a point where they can no longer care for themselves and need to be in a facility where they can be safe. Unfortunately, there are situations in which these beloved family members are not receiving appropriate care.

Long term care facilities are there for people who can no longer take care of themselves and need extra help. These facilities offer a broad range of services including health care, supportive services, housing, and personal care. They are a good place for those who have cognitive impairments because of their ability to safely handle these high needs residents. Unfortunately, these facilities can also bring abuse to their residents. There are many reasons why dementia patients are at an increased risk of abuse. Reasons may include poor training among staff members, negative working conditions, and apathy of staff members towards dementia patients, inappropriate medication administration, and not monitoring dementia patients thoroughly.

Families who have a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s should understand that their loved one may be more susceptible to abuse while living in a long-term care facility. If a family suspects that their loved one may be the victim of abuse, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in nursing home abuse and neglect. An attorney can investigate the circumstances surrounding the abuse and help the family get answers as to what happened. An attorney can also hold a facility accountable for their negligence. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Those who have Alzheimer’s and dementia are an especially vulnerable population. They often are not able to advocate on their behalf and can easily be the victim of neglect. It is important that facilities be held accountable for this neglect so that no other family has to suffer needlessly.