Malnutrition in Elderly Care Patients
The devastating effects of malnutrition cannot be underestimated, and the nature of your loved one’s infirmities may mean they suffer in silence, unable to call for the help needed. Signs that indicate the potential for elderly malnutrition include:
- Weight loss
- Bloated abdomen
- Sunken eyes
- Swollen and/or bleeding gums
- Dry and/or cracked skin
- Thinning hair
- Fragile bones, muscle loss and/or weakness
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
- Poor healing
- Mental decline and memory loss
If you think your loved one is suffering from malnutrition, time is of the essence: you need to act immediately and speak to an experienced Los Angeles nursing home abuse lawyer to prevent continued suffering.
How Does Nursing Care Malnutrition Occur?
There can be many reasons elderly patients do not eat adequately while in nursing care, an assisted living facility or with a caretaker. Lack of proper nutrition can result from an unbalanced diet. Some elderly patients have dental problems that discourage proper eating. Side effects of medication can effect appetite or cause nausea. Meals could be unappetizing or lack variation.
One common cause is due to under-staffing or lack of qualified staff able to assist with feeding. Many seniors in nursing homes require assistance with feeding or need food prepared per special instructions. Facilities that are insufficiently staffed often do not meet these needs and simply deliver meals, to be eaten by residents without supervision. This leads to thousands of instances each yea of residents not being able to eat properly.
Malnutrition in all of these cases is preventable and the care provider may be found liable. Nursing staff may lack proper training to recognize symptoms of malnutrition, or may not be qualified in proper care requirements for elderly with nutrition difficulties. Staff shortages are also a persistent problem, leading to episodes of elderly neglect and abuse. Qualified elderly abuse lawyers at Moran Law can help you understand elderly care problems, find solutions and secure maximum compensation for you in litigation.
Los Angeles Elder Abuse Lawyers for Elderly Malnutrition Cases
If you suspect an elderly loved one receiving nursing care is suffering from malnutrition, discuss your case as soon as possible with a professional Southern California assisted living abuse and personal injury lawyer. Moran Law is a 2014 Litigator Awards™ Winner in Nursing Home Abuse, with an experienced and compassionate team of home health elder abuse lawyers ready to help.
Contact us as soon as possible. Moran Law can assist you in getting immediate intervention and help for your loved one, including the professional legal expertise you need to hold accountable the parties responsible and help recover maximum compensation.