Medical treatments are not always simple affairs. Although most New Mexico residents probably want quick, pain-free medical care, a patient's relationship with a hospital may not end following the end of the treatment. Sometimes, a patient may discover that the treatment only caused further suffering. When this suffering is the result of a doctor or nurse's negligence, victims may have rights that need to be protected.
Residents of Bernalillo, New Mexico, who have been sick and had to undergo a prolonged treatment, may have been taken to nursing homes for their rehabilitation and recuperation. Nursing homes are thought to be a haven for people who need to recuperate. However, in some cases, it is determined that the nursing home staff is negligent and abusive to the patients. Many families have complained that their loved ones have suffered severe injuries or worse due to the negligence and abuse of a nursing home staff.
New Mexico residents sometimes need the services of nursing homes to help them with their health care needs. It is often the preferred choice of health care for the elderly who need long-term medical care and attention. People put a lot of trust in the nursing home staff and health care professionals at these facilities.
Families who place loved ones in nursing homes expect a reasonable standard of care for the residents. Sadly, some nursing homes fail to achieve that goal. As a result, nursing home neglect cases are on the rise in New Mexico as well as in other places across the United States.
Nursing home neglect often leads to bedsores for patients who are bedridden. It is extremely important for a patient to get up and move around whenever possible. If that is not possible it is the responsibility of the health care provider to make sure the patient does not develop bedsores. The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project has reported that the number of bedsores reported in nursing homes has increased by 63 percent in the last decade even though the number of hospitalizations has not increased proportionately.
A lawsuit has been filed against a leading nursing home chain for not providing adequate care to residents. The attorney general of New Mexico sued the nursing home chain in December 2014, citing their thin staffing as the reason behind the negligence and inadequate care.
Nursing homes are meant for our beloved seniors but over the years, many people in New Mexico and the rest of the country have expressed their concerns about the reasonable standard of care in nursing homes, both in the state and across the rest of the country. The concerns are likely genuine because, every now and then, one comes across news reports about an injury or death in a nursing home.
In their golden years, senior New Mexico residents may choose to move into a nursing home dedicated toward taking care of the elderly. Generally speaking, the sole purpose of such facilities is to protect their ageing residents from the effects of a deteriorating body and mind and provide the special care and attention they require. However, nursing home neglect, abuse or mistreatment on part of the staff can also have a negative impact on elderly residents.
New Mexico residents have certain rights and protections when they are admitted into a nursing home. The rights of nursing home residents are enforced under federal and state laws. Federal law protects nursing home residents who are recipients of Medicare. The nursing home must explain these rights in writing to the person being admitted. The nursing home must also explain in writing the responsibilities of the resident. The resident has to acknowledge being given this information in writing.
Families from New Mexico keep their elders in nursing homes in order to ensure that their needs are properly taken care of in the best possible manner. However, elder abuse remains a matter of concern throughout the country. Those who supported their families and made tremendous contributions to the country can be neglected and abused when they get old. Also, many elders may not feel comfortable disclosing the details of their abuse, which may be physical, verbal or sexual in nature to their loved ones which adds to their agony.