It can be difficult watching an elderly relative gradually lose their independence. They may now struggle with daily tasks such as feeding themselves and staying hygienic. Fortunately, there are facilities and nursing homes that can help out with this and provide the care that your elderly family member needs.
It is not only a moral duty for nursing homes to provide the highest standards of care, but they are legally obliged to do so. Sadly, there are a minority of institutions that do not adhere to the law and either abuse or neglect elderly residents.
Abuse often has a lot to do with what has not been done for your loved one. What are some of the more common signs that your elderly parent has not been getting the nutrition that they need?
A noticeable loss of weight
Your relative has always taken pride in their appearance. They wear immaculate clothing that also fits perfectly. On your most recent visit, you noticed that their clothes looked baggy and ill-fitting. They’ve noticeably lost weight. Why is this the case?
A loss of interest in food
It is a common mistake to think that those who are malnourished will take any opportunity to eat something. The truth is that once you become malnourished, you can lose interest in food altogether. Did your loved one refuse to eat the food you brought in as a treat? Have you noticed full plates of food being dumped into their waste disposal? Disinterest in food can be a sign that malnourishment has become an issue.
If a nursing home has failed in its duty of care towards an elderly relative, then you can hold them to account. Seeking some legal guidance will give you a better idea of which course of action to take.