Sacramento Nursing Home Malnutrition Lawyers
The well-being of elderly loved ones is extremely important to families who have helped them transition into a nursing home. If you believe your loved one is suffering from malnutrition as a result of a nursing home’s negligent actions, Amerio Law Firm is here to help
We all need the proper nutrients and vitamins that come from a well-balanced diet to stay physically and mentally strong, fight off sickness, and maintain an overall healthy life As we get older, our bodies need these nutrients more than ever. Unfortunately, malnutrition is a serious problem in nursing homes across the nation. Malnutrition occurs when residents are not getting enough food or not getting the types of food rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to meet the recommended daily values for people their age. While you may believe your loved one is getting the proper care and attention in their older years, the reality is that malnutrition is a serious and widespread problem in cities all over the nation and one of the most pressing health issues at nursing homes today. In fact, it’s estimated that a third of the 1.6 million nursing home residents in the United States currently suffer from malnutrition or dehydration. Furthermore, between 30% and 50% of residents are underweight, a common sign of malnutrition.
As we get older and our bodies begin to slow down and deteriorate, the importance of a healthy diet abundant in minerals and vitamins is vital to a healthy and happy life. Many nursing home residents can’t completely care for themselves and rely on a staff of trained and experienced professionals to ensure they are eating enough, eating the right types of food, or supplementing their diets with oral vitamins. When your loved one is suffering from malnutrition, he or she may lose weight, feel weak, and have an increased risk of getting sick. And while nursing homes across the nation may be underfunded and understaffed, it is their responsibility to do everything in their power to keep residents healthy. When they neglect their responsibilities, they need to be held accountable.
Malnutrition in nursing homes is completely preventable and often the sign of either negligence or a poorly managed staff. At Amerio Law Firm, we know how important your elderly or disabled family members are to your life. We are passionate about standing up and fighting for them in their time of need. If you believe your loved one is suffering from malnutrition, it’s time to take action. We will investigate the case and take legal action to hold reckless nursing homes and employees accountable. To learn more about your rights, contact the Sacramento nursing home malnutrition lawyers today at (916) 419-1111 and let us help you take action to protect your loved one today.
Why Choose Us?
Finding out your loved one is suffering from malnutrition can be devastating. Placing your parents or grandparents in nursing home facilities is sometimes necessary, and no matter how much you research or vet nursing homes, negligence happens. We know this time can be overwhelming and may leave you unsure of your options or where to turn. Our team of attorneys at Amerio Law Firm have decades of experience navigating the complex and sometimes lengthy legal system, and we won’t rest until you receive the compensation you deserve to pay for additional medical bills related to malnutrition. Every one of our attorneys has dedicated their lives to advocating for those in need of help, and we promise to do the same for you.
Causes of Malnutrition
When nursing homes are understaffed or poorly run and managed, the risk of malnutrition is more prevalent. Depending on the number of residents, one certified nursing assistant could be in charge of caring for 10 to 15 residents every single day, ensuring they are not only eating the right amount of food but also foods rich in vitamins and nutrients. This is far too many residents to be in charge of at once, and being overworked increases the risk of one or more residents being neglected at any moment.
Additionally, the turnover rate among the nursing professionals in charge of nursing home residents is incredibly high. More and more nursing assistants are inexperienced and inadequately trained than ever before, which increases the chance of neglect. Some other common causes of malnutrition include the following:
- Improper meal serving sizes
- Dental problems or dentures making it uncomfortable to eat
- Medical conditions or prescription medications causing appetite loss
- Inability to feed themselves
- Unappetizing meals, food that has spoiled, or meals not served at the right temperature
- Depression and isolation
It is the responsibility of nursing home staff to monitor residents closely and be aware of any of the above scenarios. If meals aren’t properly cooked, warmed, or served, many residents will refuse to eat them. Additionally, nurses should be aware of residents who have trouble chewing, swallowing, or eating due to dentures or chronic health problems and take the necessary steps to feed them.
Signs of Malnutrition
If your loved one is living in a nursing home, it’s important to be aware of the warning signs of malnutrition. Many residents are afraid or unable to speak up, making you the voice that could save their lives. Malnourishment doesn’t happen overnight, and it can be difficult for victims to realize they aren’t getting proper nutrients right away. Some common signs of malnutrition include the following:
- Clothes that become baggy and no longer fit
- Severe weight loss
- Trouble concentrating
- Serious mood swings or depression
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue and overall lack of energy
- Swollen or bleeding gums, tooth decay, and other oral problems
- Vision problems or red, swollen eyes
- Skin turns a yellowish color or develops deep wrinkles
While malnutrition can be extremely dangerous on its own, the real danger is that it can lead to additional physical or mental health problems, like bedsores, increased risk of infections, and increased risk of broken bones or other injuries from falls.
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Malnutrition caused by nursing home abuse or neglect can inflict serious physical damage and emotional stress. Additionally, malnourished residents are at a greater risk for sexual abuse or even financial exploitation because of their weakened or impaired state. This type of abuse can severely reduce you or your loved one’s quality of life, making every day a struggle. By speaking with an experienced and passionate Sacramento nursing home abuse lawyer, we can look at your loved one’s case and take the appropriate action to hold negligent facilities and employees responsible. Contact the Amerio Law Firm today by calling us at (916) 419-1111 or filling out an online form, and stand up for your loved one’s health and safety.