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Signs of elderly malnutrition

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Long-term Care Facility Neglect |

A healthy and balanced diet is always important, but this is especially the case for elderly individuals in nursing homes. Elderly individuals can be more susceptible to health conditions that stem from malnourishment. Not only that, but malnutrition in itself is potentially life-threatening.

Nursing home facilities have a legal duty to ensure that residents are receiving the food and liquids that they need to stay healthy. Unfortunately, some facilities fall short of this obligation. What are some of the main signs of elderly malnutrition?

Weight loss

The most obvious sign of malnutrition in an elderly individual is sudden weight loss. You may notice that your loved one’s clothes are loose-fitting. It’s possible that their cheekbones may protrude and their face looks drawn in. There could also be changes in the condition of their skin. The skin may look discolored and dry.

Low energy levels

While your elderly relative is less mobile than they used to be, they are generally pleased to see you and up for playing games or having lengthy discussions. If they appear less energetic and unwilling to engage with you, it could be a sign that they are not getting the sustenance they need to stay healthy. Being healthy in both body and mind requires the appropriate levels of food and liquids.

Malnutrition is a serious issue and it can cause long-term health complications. It is not something that your loved one should have to experience, especially in a nursing home. If your elderly relative received substandard care, then you can hold the nursing home facility to account. Seeking as much legal information as possible will help to highlight your options.    

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