If you are a reader of this blog then you are probably well aware of the mishaps that can occur in nursing homes and how they can cause all kinds of injuries and, sometimes, death. Though it is critical to be aware of these dangers and what you can do to take legal action if you or a loved one is injured by nursing home neglect, it is also important for you to consider how you can prevent such a fate from befalling you and your loved ones.
Our post last week discussed malnutrition and how it can be spotted. Sadly, far too many elderly individuals fall victim to malnutrition, leaving them susceptible to pain and suffering, rapid weight loss, weakness, memory problems and even death. With so much at stake, it is imperative that those who believe their elderly loved one is malnourished should consider taking legal action if that loved one is in the care of another, like a nursing home.
There often comes a time when many Floridians have to make the difficult decision of whether or not to admit their elderly loved one into a nursing home. Though many assisted living facilities take great care of their residents, ensuring their health and safety, others do not. These negligent institutions may subject your loved one to abuse, neglect and malnutrition. Therefore, knowing how to spot the signs of malnutrition is crucially important.
There is a lot to worry about when going into or placing a loved one into a nursing home, and malnutrition is one of them. According to a study by the Commonwealth Fund, about one-third of the nation's 1.6 million nursing home residents are malnourished or dehydrated. While many fail to consider these conditions serious, they can actually exacerbate already existing medical conditions, causing a rapid decline in an individual's health. In some instances, extreme malnutrition or dehydration can lead to death.