A lot of New Mexico residents rely on nursing homes to provide their elderly loved ones with care and treatment that they deserve. It’s a large responsibility for nursing homes and their staff to take on, which is why the nursing home industry is heavily regulated by the State. These laws and regulations are meant to protect nursing home residents and ensure that they receive adequate care, but the fact of the matter is that all too often nursing homes fail to abide by these rules, regulations, and laws. The results can be devastating to nursing home residents, leaving them suffering from serious injuries and, in the worst cases, death.
One extraordinarily important regulation pertaining to New Mexico nursing homes is that pertaining to staffing. Without the appropriate number of staff available at a nursing home, patients may be at a heightened risk of nursing home abuse and neglect. Therefore, the State has mandated certain staffing levels for the various types of nursing homes seen across the state. Here are some examples:
Improper staffing can lead to nursing home abuse and neglect. Therefore, those who have either suffered harm in a nursing home as well as those who have had a loved one suffer harm in a nursing home should consider discussing their matter with an attorney of their choosing. Accountability and compensation may be obtainable if negligence and/or abuse can be shown, which may be supported by putting forth evidence of regulation violations.