Elderly Malnutrition in Nursing Homes
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When you have a loved one in a nursing home, you are trusting they will receive the proper care and attention that they deserve. Too often, residents are not adequately nourished and hydrated in these facilities. This can lead to severe vitamin deficiencies and related health problems.
If you believe your loved one is suffering from malnutrition or dehydration, do not hesitate to contact our Chicago nursing home attorneys as soon as possible. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is based in Illinois, but represents clients in all 50 states. We will travel to meet clients wherever they are!
Symptoms of Elder Malnutrition
Common physical symptoms of malnourishment include:
- Patient’s mouth turning a bright shade of red or developing canker sores
- Thrush or yeast infection leading to white patches on cheeks / tongue
- Muscle deterioration and fatigue caused by simple tasks
- Red, glassy eyes, swollen corneas, or worsened vision
- Yellowing, dull, or heavily-wrinkled skin
- Whitening of the skin beneath the fingernails
- Severe difficulty thinking clearly
In addition, patients suffering from malnutrition may experience severe difficulties with thinking clearly.
Nursing Home Neglect Leading to Malnutrition
Often, resident malnutrition and dehydration can be directly attributed to the actions of nursing home staff—whether deliberately abusive, negligent, or overlooked simply because of understaffing. While malnourishment and dehydration are always dangerous, they are even more serious with the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Malnutrition can cause infection, immobility, bedsores, falls, worsening of chronic conditions like diabetes, and premature death.