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5 signs of malnutrition in nursing home patients

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2020 | Nursing Home Abuse

It’s not always clear when a nursing home is neglecting your loved one. The most basic form of neglect stems from a patient’s primary requirement: nutrition. Malnutrition is a hard condition to recognize, especially in its early days. Some of its signs may not become evident until the patient is in dire need of help. Unfortunately, patients in Burlington County may be at risk due to the understaffing and funding issues for many nursing home facilities. 

Nutrition basics

The most basic meals involve regular eating schedules that consist of all the necessary vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Proper hydration is another concern for nursing home patients. If a patient is suffering from a condition that limits their mobility or causes cognitive dysfunction, like with dementia, getting proper nutrition can be a particularly tricky task. Here are five signs of malnutrition in a nursing home patient:

  • Fatigue and tiredness: The resident might be lethargic or uninterested in most activities.
  • Chills: The patient could have problems with keeping warm and may shiver frequently.
  • Weight loss: Rapid weight loss or low weights are a classic warning sign.
  • Muscle mass degradation: If the person loses much of their muscle mass, this could be because their body is using that mass for much-needed energy.
  • Concentration issues: Concentration on tasks is difficult for malnourished persons.

Protecting your loved ones’ health

If your loved one is malnourished in their care facility, they could have additional complications like slower healing of wounds, longer recovery from surgeries and medical procedures, more instances of infections, and general health decline. You want to make sure your loved one is taken care of. If you notice the signs of malnutrition, contact a lawyer who specializes in elder care and elder neglect.