Nursing Home Malnutrition
It is not rare for an elderly nursing home resident to experience malnutrition. Unfortunately, it is very common. It is disheartening when you discover your parents or elderly loved one has been neglected. When you leave your loved one in the care of a nursing home facility or retirement home, you expect your loved one to be well taken care of.
It’s a great disappointment when you discover your loved one’s health is on the demise due to lack of quality nutrition.
Research studies have shown that 35 to 85 percent of elderly residents who live in nursing home facilities experience malnutrition problems. New Hampshire is not exempt from these alarming statistics.What is Malnutrition Exactly?
Every human being requires a sufficient amount of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, proteins and nutrients to be healthy - regardless of age. However, when an elderly person’s diet lacks these essential nutritional elements, the body becomes malnourished.
When an elderly person lacks quality nutrition, it can result in physical weakness and even brittle bones due to lack of Calcium and vitamin D. When this occurs, it can result in slips falls and other painful accidents. In addition, malnutrition can lead to illnesses and even chronic disease. Injuries and illnesses can lead to permanent disability and even premature death.
Here are a few common illnesses that an malnourished elderly person may develop:
- Blood deficiencies
- Slow healing of wounds
- Bedsores (pressure ulcers)
- Dizziness (Postural hypotension)
- Confusion (Cognitive problems)
When you discover that your loved one has been neglected nutritionally, the first thing you will need to do is to seek medical care immediately.A Nursing Home’s Responsibility
A nursing home’s responsibility is to make sure all of their residents are well taken cared of in every capacity. All residents must be given their medication, vitamin supplements and be well fed in a timely manner.Nursing Home Malnutrition Lawsuits
Has your loved one been deprived of nutritional meals at a nursing home facility or retirement home? Has he or she fallen or experienced a painful injury due to lack of nutrition? Unfortunately, most loved ones do not discover there's a problem with their loved one until it is too late. Many people do not find out that their elderly family member is suffering from malnutrition until they have a serious medical condition.
If your loved one has been neglected or deprived of his/her daily nutrition you may be able to sue for nursing home neglect and collect compensation.
We are compassionate about helping victims of elder neglect and abuse. We understand how devastating it is to place a parent or loved one in s nursing home only discover he/she has not been well taken care of.
Contact us for a free, no-obligation legal consultation. Our personal injury attorneys are experienced with nursing home malnutrition lawsuits. We will help fight for your loved one’s rights and pursue the nursing home staff that neglected and deprived your loved one of nutritional food.
To schedule your appointment, call Anzalone Law Firm PLLC, at: 603.548.3797 today.