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:
- Tooth decay
- Dry skin
- Bloated abdomen
- Decreased organ function
- Memory loss
- Weak bones and muscle loss
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- 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.
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