Many residents suffer from malnutrition in California nursing homes. Nursing homes are responsible for providing nutritious meals to residents in order to avoid any serious health problems. Lack of proper nutrition can trigger health problems ranging from bed sores & pressure ulcers to heart disease. Elderly adults need an adequate amount of food and hydration as well as vitamins and minerals to make them stronger. Elderly malnutrition can have multiple causes including diminished appetite and a lack of healthy food. When it occurs in a nursing home, it is usually a sign of neglect.
A healthy diet is very important as a person ages to prevent physical decline. Nutritious food, healthy meals, and snacks are required for nursing home residents and should be assessed regularly by nursing home staff. Elderly nursing home residents often need nutritional supplements as well. Malnutrition is a sign of nursing home neglect and a sign that a resident is not receiving basic care and attention. Bringing a tray of food to a resident does not guarantee adequate nutrition. Malnutrition is usually caused by inadequate food intake, poor food choices, medication causing a lack of appetite, or poor nutrient absorption. When serious, malnutrition can cause death due to starvation.
Many elderly patients are unable to feed themselves. It is the responsibility of the nursing home to assess the abilities of each resident and develop and implement plans to meet their individual needs. If your loved one was a victim on neglect, speak with our nursing home abuse lawyer in California. We can help during a free consultation; call today.
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