While one report claimed a resident was left for so long that his colostomy bad began to leak, another stated that a resident who was left unsupervised wandered out of the facility and into oncoming traffic which has led to many NM nursing homes being placed under the spotlight for the several infractions that were recorded.
Over the past few years, there have been 2,217 infractions reported in New-Mexico-based nursing homes, according to the Albuquerque Journal. The violations ranged from minor to serious, some even considered to be deadly. The source stated that of the total infractions reported, 115 were considered to be of a serious nature, meaning they posed as “immediate jeopardy to resident health or safety.” So, just how safe are nursing home residents in the state of New Mexico?
Well, among the 74 nursing homes in NM that are Medicare and Medicaid certified, inspectors filed reports indicating serious deficiencies in 36 of them between April 2015 and April 2018. That means that nearly half of those nursing homes have had some sort of violation. In that same period, these NM nursing homes also were fined $2.42 million in total for their infractions.
Here are a few of the nursing homes that had significant violations and were penalized for violating the standards they are required to meet.
- Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center in Alamogordo, NM
This facility had nine serious deficiencies, and in total, 67 deficiencies reported since 2015. In 2016, one report indicated that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services fined the facility $120,510 for 18 deficiencies. One of the problem areas the department found was that residents were not being administered their required medications. To view a list of all the reports for Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center that detail exactly how much the facility was fined and the reason for the citation, click here.
- Casa Real in Santa Fe, NM
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported that this facility has had 101 total deficiencies since 2015 that resulted in approximately $122,867 fines. In December 2017, the facility had a total of 22 deficiencies filed against it and is flagged as a facility that has a history of serious quality issues. To view a list of all the deficiency reports for Casa Real, click here.
- Good Samaritan Society-Manzano Del Sol in Albuquerque, NM
Since 2015, this facility has incurred $220,000 in fines for the 47 deficiencies that were recorded during an inspection. To view a full list of the reports along with details highlighting the deficiencies, click here.
While some of the deficiencies found in nursing homes in New Mexico are attributed to neglectful staff, other cases are brought on simply because there isn’t enough staff to provide the care many of these residents require. The Albuquerque Journal highlighted that as of 2016, New Mexico nursing homes were “providing fewer overall staffing hours per resident compared to the national average and that of neighboring states.” And as you may already be aware, “higher staffing levels correlate with better quality of care.”
Now that you are aware that there are many nursing homes within the state of NM that are not quite meeting the state standards that are set, it is important you are careful in the event you are planning to place a loved one in a nursing home located in Grant. And if you already have an elderly relative who you suspect has been abused or neglected, contact USAttorneys.com immediately. We can get you connected with some of the best nursing home abuse lawyers in Grant, NM who can help address the issue.