If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you may worry about the quality of care he or she receives on a daily basis. In many nursing homes, residents receive a subpar level of care due to a lack of funding.
Recently, the governor of New Mexico signed Senate Bill 40 into action. This bill will deliver millions of dollars in funding from state and federal programs to nursing homes to enhance the level of care residents receive. This legislation previously went into effect with a prolonged repeal date, but this version provides immediate financial help to nursing homes throughout the state.
Where does this funding come from?
Through the Health Care Quality Surcharge program, there is a reoccurring surcharge on certain nursing home facilities that provide services to those with intellectual disabilities. The Taxation and Revenue Department transfers this surcharge to the Health Care Facility Fund as well as the Disability Health Care Facility Fund. From there, an increase in payment rate can go to nursing home facilities.
Is nursing home abuse still a problem?
Despite the passage of SB 40, nursing home abuse remains a persistent problem. The National Council on Aging reports that 10% of Americans older than 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse.
The effects of elder abuse on residents of nursing home facilities can be significant. Recognizing the signs of elder abuse is important for protecting the well-being and rights of your loved one.