Nursing Home Abuse:
Malnutrition can be a life-threatening medical problem for the elderly. Malnutrition occurs when a person does not get enough to eat, and it can lead to several serious health complications including:
- Confusion and memory loss
- Weakened immune system
- Loss of muscle mass
- Impairment of organ function
The first warning sign of malnutrition is rapid weight loss. You ought to speak with your loved one immediately if you notice this, and remember you have the right to bring in any physician you and your loved one choose to evaluate his or her condition.
A nursing home can be liable for malnutrition if they fail to employ adequate staff, fail to educate staff, or rely on liquid supplements for nutrition. It is the nursing home's job to address the nutritional needs of their patients, and failure to do so could be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit.