Malnutrition / Failing to Properly Feed

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer for New York & New Jersey Residents

Whether because of negligence, understaffing, or even malicious intent, malnutrition is a serious problem at many nursing homes across the United States. One study by the Commonwealth Fund, a non-profit organization, discovered that 30 percent of the 1.6 million nursing home residents in the U.S. are at risk of malnutrition or dehydration.

Malnutrition puts elderly patients in danger of death and injuries such as:

How do I choose a good nursing home?

Talk to doctors, nurses, and friends with elderly family members in your area for recommendations for good nursing homes. Go to the Medicare website and use its online "nursing home compare" tool to learn about health inspection results, staff members, and other factors. Visit several facilities and talk to residents. Once you have narrowed down your search, visit those homes multiple times and at different times of day. Do not schedule your appointments or tell staff members when you will be coming.

Some things to look for in your search for a good assisted living facility include:

  • Do the residents seem happy, healthy, and well fed?
  • Do staff members appear courteous, respectful, and attentive?
  • Do you sense tension or hostility between personnel and residents?
  • What kinds of events are scheduled? Do they match your family member's preferences and hobbies?
  • Does there seem to be a general attitude of sociability and interaction, or are residents quiet, withdrawn, and more likely to stay in their rooms rather than enter common areas?
  • Is the nursing home clean and well kept?
  • Is the staff turnover high or does the facility tend to retain employees?

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If your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse or neglect, speak with a New York and New Jersey nursing home abuse lawyer from Morelli Law Firm today. We are here to fight for your rights and those of your loved one. Call Morelli Law Firm today to schedule your case consultation.