Tulsa Malnutrition Abuse Lawyer
Dedicated Representation for Nursing Home Residents Suffering from Malnutrition
Not all forms of nursing home neglect and abuse involve direct physical injury. Elderly nursing home residents and other vulnerable people require the help of nursing staff or home health aide workers to get their daily nutrition. They may need help eating or sitting upright and are reliant upon nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to provide them with balanced meals that give them the nutrients necessary to survive. Many are already dealing with health issues, and failure to provide proper nutrition is likely to weaken their immune systems and enhance the likelihood of other complications. Neglectful nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, and home health aides know that they have the responsibility to ensure that the residents in their care get the nutrition they need. When they fail to do so, they must be held to task.
If you notice that your loved one shows signs of malnutrition after living in a long-term care facility, you need to act. The nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Levinson Law, P.C., are ready to investigate the circumstances of your family member’s care and determine whether your nursing home or other facility is up to par. If your loved one is suffering from malnutrition due to abuse or neglect, we will help you ensure that your loved one gets the care they deserve and that the nursing home pays for the harm they have caused your family.
What is Malnutrition?
Malnutrition is a leading form of neglect among nursing homes across the country. Malnutrition is the condition that results from eating an unbalanced diet that lacks the proper nutrients, or that has too much of certain kinds of nutrients. Malnutrition can occur when a resident is left underfed, or when they are fed too much of the wrong types of food and too little of the right kinds.
Different residents may require different portion sizes, or they may need to follow certain diets for their specific conditions or based on the medication and other treatments they are receiving. Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are responsible for ensuring that residents receive the particular foods that they need to stay healthy. This may require additional monitoring, given that elderly folks are prone to appetite loss.
Nursing homes know that nutrition is essential. They understand that some residents need specific meal plans, they know how to balance meals, and they know that some residents need assistance eating. Nursing homes also tend to have plenty of nutritious foods. If residents are not getting the nutrition they need, it is because staff members are either neglecting their duty of care or are deliberately abusing residents by refusing them proper meals.
If you believe your loved one is suffering from malnutrition, the nursing home malnutrition abuse attorneys at Levinson Law, P.C., will help you investigate the home and protect your vulnerable loved one. We will ensure that your family member gets the care they need, and your family receives the compensation they deserve.
Signs and Symptoms of Malnutrition
Malnutrition can manifest in a few different ways. Here are a few of the signs and symptoms of malnutrition that nursing home residents may present:
- Weight loss
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Loss of cognitive functioning, including memory loss
- Bloated abdomen
- Tooth decay
- Dry skin
- Decreased organ function and immune response
If you notice a nursing home resident experiencing these symptoms, you must act quickly to ensure that they are not being mistreated by negligent or abusive nursing staff.
Speak With a Trusted Tulsa Nursing Home Malnutrition Abuse Lawyer Today
We understand confronting nursing home abuse or neglect is very difficult for families. Our firm will do everything we can to support you through this difficult time. If you believe your loved one is being mistreated and is showing signs of malnutrition, you must act fast to ensure their protection. Contact our Tulsa nursing home neglect and abuse lawyers to arrange for a private consultation at your convenience. We will work around your needs and are available to meet in our office, your home, or a hospital room to discuss your case. Please call Levinson Law, P.C., to set up a free initial meeting, or use our website’s convenient contact form for a prompt, private response to your questions.