Malnutrition in Nursing Homes
Long Island Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
There are a great number of cases in which an elderly resident of a nursing home suffers from malnutrition. Often the elderly are not hungry, or refuse to eat what is given to them; this is not an excuse for allowing them to suffer from malnutrition. There are procedures that can be undertaken so that they get the nutrients that they so badly need to survive. If your loved one shows signs of malnutrition, such as losing a great deal of weight, inability to walk or other sign that they are not getting the nutrition that they require, you need to take action at once.
A Long Island personal injury attorney from Jaghab Jaghab & Jaghab, P.C. stands ready to assist you. We are zealous advocates for elder rights, and we are prepared to move forward in assisting you in filing a claim or lawsuit against the negligent facility and any other liable parties.
Signs of Malnutrition
There are several signs that could indicate that your loved one is suffering from malnutrition. These include weight loss, clothing that has become loose, dry, cracked lips and mouth appearing pale, constant thirst, skin that is dry and warm to the touch, complaints that their false teeth are not fitting, mouth tenderness, loose teeth, hair that is thinning and growing sparse, as well as others. Keeping alert to the signs of malnutrition is extremely important, due to the high incidence of reports of this form of abuse. The Nursing Home Reform Act is a federal law that requires an assessment of the health of residents of nursing homes at the time of admission as well as every three months thereafter. The nursing home is required to offer residents a “well-balanced, palatable meal”. This food must be served at the correct temperature, and be inviting. As many elderly people refuse to eat, the nursing home must also provide nutritional alternatives.
Certain situations can lead to a resident of a nursing home not wanting to eat. These could include the lack of fresh air, exercise, or a physical condition such as congestive heart failure. Adverse effects to medications can also contribute to the resident being unable to eat due to nausea, diarrhea or sleepiness. Any facility is required to be careful in managing the health of their residents, and if they fail to do so and the individual suffers from malnutrition, legal action should be taken against them without delay. Therefore, you are urged to immediately contact a Long Island nursing home abuse lawyer at the law offices of Jaghab, Jaghab, & Jaghab, P.C. for legal assistance.