Nursing home residents rely upon nursing home staff to provide care and nutrition. For most elderly people, good nutrition is vital to healthy aging. Malnutrition can lead to a host of physical and mental problems. In severe situations, nursing home patients can die. At Aiken & Scoptur, S.C., we provide experienced representation to victims of elder abuse and nursing home neglect.
Do you suspect your loved one is suffering from malnutrition in a nursing home facility? Call Aiken & Scoptur, S.C. at 414-914-2803 to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer.
Recognizing Signs of Malnutrition?
Our attorneys encourage family members of nursing home residents to be mindful of possible symptoms of malnutrition and dehydration. Signs of malnourishment can include the following:
- Weight loss and loose-fitting clothing
- Dry and pale skin, particularly around the mouth
- Ill-fitting dentures
- Thinning hair
- Wounds that take extended time to heal
- Mental confusion and lethargy
- Poor skin quality
At Aiken & Scoptur, S.C., our elder law abuse attorneys are committed to holding nursing home staff accountable for their harmful actions. In some situations, malnutrition can lead to wrongful death. Our firm can provide your family with compassionate and vigorous advocacy during this time.
In addition to death, malnutrition can result in:
- Muscle weakness leading to immobility and falls
- Pressure sores
- Decreased immune system
You likely took great care and consideration when you chose a nursing home for your loved one. If you suspect your loved one is suffering from malnutrition, please take an important step to protecting their rights. Call or complete our online contact form to arrange your free consultation.