Kansas City Malnutrition Lawyer
Malnutrition in a nursing home can be difficult to spot, especially if you don’t have any experience in health or nutrition. Nursing homes are legally responsible for residents’ physical well-being, including providing proper meals. Don’t be afraid to speak up about malnutrition as a form of neglect. Reporting it in nursing homes can save lives.
Signs of Malnutrition
Many cases of nursing home malnutrition go unnoticed. Family may chock it up to their loved one not having a good appetite or only being allowed to eat certain foods. Even with dietary restrictions, however, the law requires nursing homes to provide appropriate, healthy food for residents.
If your loved one is refusing to eat, take the time to find the source of the problem. Don’t assume the blame is on him or her—investigate the kind of food the nursing home supplies to residents. Don’t be afraid to ask employees for a list of ingredients in meals. If the food doesn’t have enough vitamins and minerals, it can be detrimental to the precarious health of many nursing home residents.
When you visit your loved ones, pay attention to their physical and emotional health. They might not complain about the food, but that doesn’t mean malnutrition isn’t happening. Common signs of malnutrition in nursing home residents are:
- Bright red mouths, canker sores, or thrush
- Muscular problems, such as flaccid or limp muscles
- More easily fatigued than usual
- Red or swollen corneas, glassy eyes, or diminishing vision
- Listlessness, irritability, and cognitive difficulties
- Dementia and confusion
- Yellowish or dull-colored skin with heavy wrinkling; the skin beneath fingernails may turn white
Malnutrition can occur in a few different ways: food might be withheld or given in smaller portions as a punishment in a case of abuse, it might not have the necessary nutritional value, or the nursing home may not give enough food to residents on a regular basis. Despite dietary restrictions, food in nursing homes should be adequately proportioned, full of vitamins and minerals, and appetizing. If your loved one is refusing to eat or showing signs of malnutrition, speak to an attorney right away.
Nursing Home Malnutrition Lawsuits
Although malnutrition in a nursing home may be difficult to notice, our nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys have represented dozens of victims of elderly malnutrition. When nursing home abuse and neglect comes into mind, you may not think of malnutrition. However, the sustenance a care facility gives your loved one can make or break a carefully balanced health situation.
The moment you suspect malnutrition as the cause of your loved one’s physical or emotional changes, contact an attorney. Time is precious in situations concerning the elderly, and an experienced malpractice attorney can begin filing a lawsuit immediately. You can put the conduct of the nursing home staff on trial and get any negligence out into the open. Filing a lawsuit for your loved one can help save the other residents of a nursing home as well.
At Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger, we’ll conduct an investigation of the nursing home, collect medical records, and conduct eyewitness interviews. We’ll speak with your loved one and provide him or her peace of mind in this tough time. Elderly malnutrition is completely preventable. When the elderly suffer because of it, someone is responsible—and a nursing home that allows negligent care should be held accountable.
Changes within the nursing home system begin with a single lawsuit. If your loved one is suffering from malnutrition, don’t hesitate to call us at (816) 832-4688. We’ll meet with you for a free case evaluation and discuss your situation in detail. Contact us over the phone, via email, or online today.