Adult children looking to put their parents into a New Mexico nursing home should be careful which facility they choose. According to a new study, they may have reason to worry about neglect in such a facility. The study, which was conducted by the New York Times and Kaiser Health News, found several issues that could put a resident's health in jeopardy.
New Mexico residents who have elderly loved ones in an assisted living facility or nursing home should be aware of the risk of abuse that can occur in such environments. More importantly, they should know what steps to take if they become aware of the abuse. If an elderly victim is believed to be in imminent danger, local law enforcement authorities or adult protective services should be contacted immediately.
Residents of nursing homes in New Mexico trust the operators to maintain clean and safe facilities. Ongoing stories of abuse and negligence nationwide have prompted four congressmen, who are investigating skilled nursing homes, to demand answers from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In their formal letter to the agency, the lawmakers stated their expectation that CMS would brief them by April 16.