We trust our loved ones to the care of nursing homes. Unfortunately, nursing homes do not always provide our parents or spouse with the care they need. You may notice that your parent is not eating or that he or she has been acting differently. Your dad may become lethargic, or you may notice your mom is losing weight. When you raise your concern to the nursing home staff, you may just get turned away or feel as though your matters are not taken seriously.
If your loved one has been suffering from malnutrition or dehydration, it is important for you to act as their advocate. As we get older, each unhealthy action takes a bigger toll on our bodies. As young adults, we may have easily recovered from a few lost pounds or a broken bone. When seniors suffer from malnutrition or dehydration, it often creates a ripple effect of problems throughout their body. Malnutrition can increase the sensitivity in your skin, making your body more susceptible to bedsores and pressure ulcers. If your loved one is rushed to the hospital, you may finally learn what has been causing their change in behavior.
It is important for family members to understand the cause of the problem. Some seniors have medical problems that do not allow them to retain nutrients. Others are malnourished because they cannot eat. At The Javerbaum Wurgaft Nursing Home Group, we work with families to assess the health condition of their elderly loved ones. It may be that the diet they are receiving is not sufficient, and in some cases, nursing homes are understaffed, and nurses may not be doing a plate check to make sure patients eat their food.
Contact a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer
At The Javerbaum Wurgaft Nursing Home Group we represent clients throughout New Jersey whose loved ones have suffered emotional or physical injuries from malnutrition or dehydration. When you meet with our attorneys, we can help you understand what you can do to protect your family members. We also work to hold nursing homes accountable for the suffering caused by malnutrition and dehydration. Contact our firm online or call 856-596-4100 to schedule your free initial consultation with a lawyer experienced in handling cases of nursing home abuse and neglect.