Resuming Malnutrition and Nursing Home Neglect: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1), here, we will continue pointing out some of the important info you may want to know about malnutrition and neglect if you have a loved one living in a nursing home.
More Important Info about Malnutrition & Nursing Home Neglect
Fact 3 – There are some common signs of malnutrition and nursing home neglect.
Because our elderly loved ones may not always be willing or able to explain their needs or even their possible victimization, it’s important that you understand the symptoms of malnutrition and, in turn, some common signs of nursing home neglect. In particular, some of the symptoms of malnutrition include (but are by no means limited to):
- Significant weight loss
- Loss of energy
- Difficulty balancing
- Inflamed or bleeding gums
- Sudden, significant tooth decay
- Memory problems and general confusion
- Dry skin.
If you notice these signs of malnutrition in your elderly loved one who is living in a nursing home, it’s time to start asking some tough questions of staff to find out if neglect or abuse may be a factor.
Fact 4 – Feeding tubes may be needed for some residents, but intubation can create additional problems.
In fact, when nursing home residents are unable to feed themselves (due to physical impairments, cognitive impairments, etc.), then feeding tubes may need to be used (and the process of inserting them is known as intubation).
The intubation process, however, is complicated and must be performed by trained professionals. When people other than trained professionals perform intubation – or when trained professionals make mistakes, intubation errors can occur, and these can end up causing:
- Perforation of the pharynx
- Paralysis of the vocal cords
- Nerve damage
- Kinks in tubing that prevent feeding or, in some cases, breathing.
When malnutrition may be the result of intubation errors, then:
- There may also be some medical malpractice issues involved in an incident.
- It will be more important than ever to contact the Law Office of Hassakis & Hassakis, as our lawyers are experienced at handling both nursing home negligence and malpractice cases.
We’ll discuss a few more important facts about malnutrition and nursing home neglect in the upcoming conclusion to this blog series. Be sure to check it out!
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