Malnutrition in Nursing Home Facilities

Malnutrition in Nursing Home Facilities

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 31-Oct-2018

Many of us must make the decision to enter an elderly loved one into a nursing home facility. This is generally a very difficult choice to make and you will likely have some concerns regarding how well they can adjust to the new surroundings or if they will make new friends and be happy. What you might not be thinking about is whether they will have enough to eat or not. Unfortunately, this is a very real problem for those in nursing homes across the country.

A Common Problem

Malnutrition occurs when someone fails to receive an adequate amount of nutrients as a result of an imbalanced diet. In nursing homes, an elderly resident can become malnourished due to lack of food or not enough variation in their diet. Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that many elderly residents have dental problems that prevent them from eating or medications that could create a loss of appetite. That is why they must be monitored closely to ensure they are receiving enough calories.

One of the biggest causes of malnutrition, however, is staff shortage. Many nursing homes in the country are short on staff, which puts residents at a high risk of malnutrition due to neglect. If patients need assistance eating, the staff might feel overwhelmed and the quality of patient care will significantly decrease. Moreover, many nursing homes serve unappetizing meals that are served at below-average temperatures or contain ingredients that were stored improperly.

The Signs of Malnutrition

Malnutrition can be a life-threatening illness and can make it difficult for elderly residents to fight off infection, which could develop into medical complications that result in fatalities. Below are some of the most common symptoms of malnutrition:

  • Confusion
  • Tooth decay
  • Dry skin
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Decreased organ function
  • Memory loss
  • Weak bones and muscle loss
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss

If you notice any of these signs in your elderly loved one, it is important to address it immediately. It is never acceptable for a nursing home to fail to do its duty and put your elderly loved one’s wellbeing at risk.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Orlando

If your elderly loved one suffered from malnutrition due to neglect, you need to hire a skilled medical malpractice attorney who will fight on their behalf and ensure the responsible party is held accountable. At The Maher Law Firm in Orlando, our team of medical malpractice attorneys is backed by over 40 years of practice and a proven track record of success that we will use to your advantage.

Get started on your medical malpractice case today and contact our law firm at (855) 338-0720 to request your free initial case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.

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