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Malnutrition a tell-tale sign of elder abuse in the nursing home

Posted on January 16, 2015 11:45 am under Nursing Home Abuse

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that every year, approximately 3,000 elderly adults die in the country because of malnutrition. Malnutrition occurs when a person’s diet no longer meets what the body needs, resulting in a wide range of severe health complications that may cause irreversible harm and sometimes even death.

Most cases of malnutrition-related fatalities occur in people over the age of 70 due to their decreased ability to eat and chronic health conditions that compromise their capacity to digest and absorb nutrients. Although manifestations of malnutrition oftentimes appear concurrently with symptoms of another illness, unexplained weight loss, weakness, and loss of memory are just some of the signs that your loved one might be suffering from malnutrition.

Unfortunately, a medical staff’s failure to look after a nursing home resident’s nutrition can indicate neglect. To learn how to take action against the party responsible, seek the legal guidance and assistance of our team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. Call our Appleton office at (414) 271-0900 and have your case assessed for free today.