If you think your loved one is suffering from malnutrition, time is of the essence. You may need to act immediately to protect their health and safety. 

Malnutrition in the Elderly

The devastating effects of malnutrition cannot be underestimated. The nature of your loved one’s infirmities may mean they suffer in silence while they are unable to call for the help needed. Signs that indicate malnutrition include:

If you think your loved one is suffering from malnutrition, time is of the essence. You must act immediately and speak to an experienced California elder abuse attorney from Moran Law to prevent continued suffering. 

How Does Malnutrition Occur?

There can be many reasons elderly residents do not receive adequate nutrition while under the care of nursing home, assisted living facility, home health agency, or caretaker. Lack of proper nutrition can result from an unbalanced diet. Some elderly residents have dental problems that inhibit the proper consumption of food. Side effects of medications can affect appetite or cause nausea. Meals could be unappetizing or lack variation.

One common cause of malnutrition occurs from under-staffing or a lack of qualified staff able to assist with feeding. Staff shortages are a persistent problem, leading to episodes of elder abuse and neglect. Many elderly residents require assistance with feeding or need specially prepared food per a physician’s order. Facilities that are insufficiently staffed often do not meet these needs and simply deliver unprepared meals to be eaten by residents without supervision or assistance. This leads to thousands of instances each year of residents not being able to consume the food they need for proper nutritional intake.

Another common problem in facilities caring for elderly residents include nursing staff lacking the proper training to recognize symptoms of malnutrition or nursing staff not having the required qualifications to properly care for elderly residents with special nutritional needs.

Malnutrition in all cases is preventable and care providers should be held accountable. The qualified elder abuse attorneys at Moran Law can help you understand elder care problems, find quick solutions, and secure maximum compensation for you or a loved one.

Southern California Elder Abuse Attorneys Fighting Against Malnutrition

If you suspect an elderly loved one is suffering from malnutrition, discuss your case as soon as possible with one of Moran Law’s professional Southern California elder abuse attorneys. Moran Law is a 2014 Litigator Awards™ Winner in Nursing Home Abuse, with an experienced and compassionate team of elder abuse attorneys ready to help.

Contact us  as soon as possible. Moran Law can help you or a loved one receive immediate intervention and the professional and legal expertise you need to recover maximum compensation.

If you or a loved one has been injured, neglected, exploited or abused while in the care of a California nursing home, assisted living facility, home health agency or caretaker, contact Moran Law to access our team of exceptional elderly abuse attorneys.

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