Malnutrition in California Nursing Homes
Malnutrition Is a Sign of Nursing Home Abuse
Do you know or suspect that your loved one in a nursing home is suffering
from malnutrition? Contact our Los Angeles nursing home abuse attorney
at once. Even if you have brought this to the attention of the administrators
or caregivers in the facility, it is often necessary to take legal action
against the nursing home for elder abuse.
At Martinian & Associates INC. in Los Angeles, our personal injury
lawyers have years of experience in nursing home abuse and neglect cases.
You expect your loved one to receive a high standard of care while being
cared for by doctors, nurses and other personnel in these facilities,
and when they have engaged in neglect or abuse, it is time to take legal
action and seek justice. We are a highly skilled
personal injury law firm that serves the entire Los Angeles area, and we advocate for
the rights of the elderly, seeking justice and full compensation in cases
of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Causes of Malnutrition in Nursing Homes
Malnutrition is sadly, far too common in nursing homes. It can be the result
of caring but short-staffed personnel, leaving patients in need without
adequate care. When this happens, a patient may not be fed regularly,
or is refusing to eat, and the situation is not resolved. There may be
very poor quality food being served that doesn't provide the necessary
nutrients even though served regularly, and may be unappetizing, further
deterring patients from eating and getting the nutrition they need to
survive and remain healthy.
An investigation into the facility's kitchen may be necessary, as well
as the staff, to discover why your loved one has lost weight, has loose
and dry skin and appears to be wasting away. These are dangerous issues
for an elderly person who is already in frail health, and taking action
early could be lifesaving. We urge you to call us immediately if you suspect
that the facility caring for your loved one is failing in their duty to
provide adequate nutrition, with the result of malnutrition.
Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in CA
Other causes of malnutrition can be undetected dental problems, making
it very difficult for an elderly person to eat. Medications can suppress
the appetite, and a caregiver needs to know how to recognize these and
other potential problems as well as help the patient to eat and get enough
nutrition, daily. Signs of malnutrition can include weakness, weight loss,
muscle loss, fatigue, tooth decay, organ shut down, swollen abdomen, dry
skin, and confusion.
While there can be other reasons for these symptoms, they are a red flag
and should never be ignored. We know how to investigate these cases, and
when malnutrition has occurred as a result of neglect or abuse, we ruthlessly
pursue justice and full compensation. Our firm offers a free case evaluation.
Contact us, and we will review the facts in your case and advise you about how to