Article published by : Max Health on Thursday, December 20, 2012

Category : Diet & Nutrition

Malnutrition in the Nursing Home


Some would argue that proper nutrition is a basic human right. Certainly no one would argue that it is not a basic right of nursing home residents. Sadly, millions of people living in nursing homes face dangerous levels of malnutrition every year, often leading to serious injury and even death.

If you suspect your loved one is suffering from nursing home malnutrition, you have a right to hire an injury lawyer to investigate your claim. If it is determined that your loved one is, in fact, being malnourished due to nursing home abuse and neglect, you have a right to hold the responsible parties accountable and seek justice for your family.

Identifying Malnutrition

Unless you eat with your loved one every day, you may not know that they are being malnourished. Due to this, it is important that you know the signs of malnutrition so you can take swift action at its first appearance.

Signs and symptoms of malnutrition may include:

- Weight loss
- Excessive fatigue
- Vertigo or dizziness
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Frequent bone fractures
- Abdominal bloating
- Memory loss

Alone, these symptoms may be caused by a number of factors, but even one or two combined may be a clear indication of malnutrition. Your injury lawyer can investigate your love one's living conditions and help you determine if you have cause to file suit.

Malnutrition is a serious issue facing nursing home residents today. Basic nutrition is essential for optimal health - particularly for the elderly - making it vital that your loved one is provided with meals and supplements that meet their nutritional needs. It is important that you contact an attorney at the first sign of malnutrition to ensure your loved one is protected and their health is cared for well into the future.

If you suspect your loved one is suffering from malnutrition in their nursing home, please visit the website of the Phoenix injury lawyers at Cullan & Cullan M.D., J.D for more information on your rights at www.stopnursinghomeabuse.org.


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