Your elderly relatives have spent decades taking care of other people. Now, it’s time for someone to take care of them for a change. There may come a point where the family decides that a nursing home is the best place for your family member to stay.
These facilities can provide round-the-clock support. In fact, they have a legal duty to provide a high standard of care to residents. Unfortunately, some institutions don’t always live up to their side of the bargain.
If your relative isn’t getting the nutrition they require, how can you tell?
A lack of energy
Food provides numerous benefits and it is our key source of energy. Without fueling the body, energy levels can begin to drop. Your relatives may be old, but they still like to be the life and soul of the party. In recent weeks, you’ve noticed that this has changed. Your loved one has no interest in socializing and can barely face getting out of bed in the morning. This could be a sign that they are not getting the sustenance they need.
Noticeable weight loss
Sometimes, malnutrition can show itself in physical changes to the body. You might notice that your family member’s face has become drawn out. Maybe they have small cuts and bruises that never seem to heel? Their favorite sweater, that you bought them last Christmas, no longer fits perfectly. You notice that it now droops and hangs off them as if it is two sizes too big. These are all potential physical signs that your relative is malnourished.
Malnourishment is a potential form of elder abuse. Nursing homes have a responsibility to ensure that their residents are as fit and healthy as possible. If you suspect that an institution has failed in its duty of care, be sure to look into your legal options in more detail.