Knowing the Signs of Malnutrition
As your loved ones get older, there may come a day where they can no longer care for themselves and need round-the-clock assistance and care. In these cases, you may have to put your loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility. These facilities are supposed to treat your loved ones with special care. Unfortunately, there are many reported cases of nursing home abuse and neglect across the nation. One common threat of nursing home abuse is malnutrition.
When nursing home workers fail to provide residents with proper nutrition or do not ensure the resident is eating his or her meals, they are increasing the risk of malnutrition and potentially death. If your loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect, contact a Nashville nursing home abuse lawyer of Pohl & Berk, LLP, today at 615-277-2765.
How to Spot Malnutrition
Signs of malnutrition may not initially show, but overtime they become increasingly clearer. Because many victims of malnutrition fail to say anything or report the abuse, it is important that you are aware of your loved one’s health so you can spot signs of abuse and take action if needed. Some common signs of malnutrition include the following:
- Dried and cracked skin around mouth and lips
- Serious weight loss
- Hair loss
- Loss of color in face
- Feeling of fatigue or tiredness
By recognizing these signs you can take action before it is too late. Along with seeking medical attention, you should also get in touch with an attorney about taking legal action against the nursing home and employee responsible.
To learn more about how you can take action against a negligent nursing home employee, contact the Nashville nursing home abuse lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP, at 615-277-2765 and get started on your case.