Giving up one's freedom to live on their own home is not the same as giving up one's rights to be treated with dignity and respect. Often, though, when New Mexico residents are moved into nursing and care facilities they are subjected to mistreatment and neglect that may amount to abuse. Nursing home residents do not deserve the maltreatment that they too often receive and have rights that they may enforce when neglect and abuse cause them harm.
For example, nursing home residents may not be denied the right to see their family members and loved ones. They may not be prevented from speaking with ombudspersons and advocates who may support them if the residents wish to make claims of neglect or abuse in their care facilities.