Malnutrition & Dehydration
- 35 to 85 percent of nursing home
residents are malnourished.
- 30 to 50 percent are underweight.
- Common causes are inadequate
food intake and repeated
infections – the same primary
causes of malnutrition in
Source: National Citizens’ Coalition for
Nursing Home Reform
Malnutrition and dehydration can lead to a host of medical complications, including infections, ulcers, cognitive degeneration, slow healing, joint and bone fractures, fatigue, depression and increased mortality rate. The National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform calls the issue of malnutrition, weight loss and dehydration within the nursing home industry “one of the largest, silent epidemics in this country.”
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Basic nutrition should be the bare minimum of expected care. Yet malnutrition and dehydration are serious medical conditions inflicting far too many elderly nursing home residents and can lead to serious or fatal health complications.
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Common risk factors include depression, cognitive impairment, poor oral health and the side effects of medication. Nursing home environmental factors include lack of individual care, insufficient staffing levels, high turnover among staff members and poor food choices.
The Coalition for Nursing Home Reform has identified factors critical to a nursing home’s ability to ensure proper nutrition of residents, including: staffing levels at meal times; management and supervision of staff by licensed nurses; involvement of professionals, including doctors, dietitians, and dentists; and staff education.
The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 directly addresses the requirements for proper nutrition and hydration in nursing homes and applies directly to all of the nation’s 17,000 homes that participate in Medicare or Medicaid programs. The law mandates individual assessment and care planning, as well as sufficient staffing, physician oversight and other quality-of-life rights.
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If you believe your loved one is suffering from malnutrition or dehydration while in a nursing home in the Chicago, IL area, request a Free Case Consultation or Call (855) LAW-CHICAGO today to speak with a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer.