New Mexico is a popular state known for its vast open deserts, mountains and warm climate; because of this it has many elderly and senior citizens. New Mexico has over 400 assisted living facilities and nursing homes. The majority of these nursing homes (44) are located in or around the Albuquerque area.
Nursing home and elder abuse in New Mexico is sadly on the rise, and because of that elder abuse lawsuits are increasing. We were able to determine this by data-mining various online resources listed below.
If you suspect an elderly loved one is abused or neglected in any of the 400 New Mexico assisted living facilities or nursing homes, contact our nursing home abuse lawyers & attorneys today at National Injury Help toll free at 1-800-214-1010.
Does Medicaid Pay for Nursing Homes in New Mexico?
New Mexico is one of the states that Medicaid will help pay for assisted living. All senior individuals in New Mexico can apply for Medicaid to help pay for assisted living facilities. In 2018 the average monthly cost of a semi-private or private room in a New Mexico nursing home averages from $6,349 to $7,406 per month.
How to Report Elder Abuse in New Mexico.
In doing research for this New Mexico elder abuse page we checked with The New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department. Here is their statement:
“New Mexico has a “Duty to Report” provision in the Adult Protective Services Act (27-7-30) which states: “Any person, or financial institution, having reasonable cause to believe that an incapacitated adult is being abused, neglected or exploited shall immediately report that information to Adult Protective Services.” Adult Protective Services remains on call for emergent reports of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation are under-reported, yet can have severe or even deadly consequences. Older victims are four times more likely to be admitted to a nursing home, and have a risk of dying three times that of non-abused seniors. Adult Protective Services is the last resort for victims of elder abuse and younger adults with severe disabilities, serving as the “safety net for the safety net.”
Having this state level resource for reporting nursing home abuse is important and illustrates how anyone can report any type of abuse a family member may be encountering.
If you suspect elderly abuse you can reach and report the facility at The New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department 1-866-654-3219 or 1-505-476-4912. Your second call should be to the nursing home abuse lawyers at National Injury Help 1-800-214-1010; we will take next step and hold the nursing home accountable for its abuse.
Examples and types of nursing home abuse in New Mexico.
The majority of neglect and abuse elders face in nursing homes or assisted living facilities in New Mexico may include: Being abandoned, abused in any form, general neglect, being exploited, being isolated from others, and sexual abuse including rape, sodomy or any other sexual crimes.
New Mexico Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect basically deals with situations where the staff at a nursing home does not provide the level of oversight that residents deserve. Other forms of nursing home neglect include:
- Failure to turn immobile residents, leading to bedsores
- Failure to provide residents with proper medication
- Failure to provide residents with the proper level of nutrition
- Failure to recognize developing health problems
- Failure to supervise residents who are then injured in slip and fall accidents
There are many other situations that can arise, but the basic premise behind nursing home neglect is that the New Mexico facility did not meet a reasonable standard of care. These problems generally do not involve intent by any of the staff members but instead relate to situations where they are simply not paying enough attention to those who need it.
Taking Action on Nursing Home Elder Abuse.
A U.S. Senate hearing on nursing home abuse was held last month and seeks to identify and protect senior citizens across America facing neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and other troubling issues.
Since the hearing last month, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will be updating their online tools that allows consumers to research and compare nursing homes, the Nursing Home Compare database and its Five-Star Quality Rating System that measures inspections, staffing and overall quality measures. Read more here: https://www.nationalinjuryhelp.com/nursing-home-abuse/us-senate-oversight-nursing-home-abuse/
Who is responsible for nursing home or elder abuse?
Many times, nursing home abuse in New Mexico is conduct that is undertaken by individual staff members, and many cases that have been filed, involved situations where a facility’s management team did not have actual knowledge of this mistreatment. That does not necessarily matter in most jurisdictions, as facilities are responsible for the care that their staff members provide for their residents.
How to File a Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit.
If you notice any type of problem or possible problem with a loved one who is living in a New Mexico nursing home, you need to act on that instinct and obtain answers.
This is not a time to simply assume the best. One of the most efficient ways to do this is to seek the help of nursing home abuse lawyers who have been holding those responsible for this type of conduct accountable. Contact National Injury Help by calling us at 1-800-214-1010 or use the secure contact form below today to schedule a free initial consultation.
New Mexico Nursing home abuse lawyers | Attorneys for Elder Abuse NM page updated on April 26, 2019