Malnutrition in Nursing Homes

MINNEAPOLIS MALNUTRITION INJURY LAWYERS

It is often a shock to family members and observers to learn that a resident of a nursing home or assisted living facility is suffering from malnutrition or dehydration. After all, isn't it a primary function of a long-term care facility to take care of residents? Providing food and water for elderly, sick or disabled residents means more than simply placing plates of food and glasses of water in front of them. Vigilant staff members should notice when they are not eating or drinking, and take actions to overcome their own failure to feed themselves.

LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES OWE A DUTY TO RESIDENTS TO KEEP THEM WELL NOURISHED AND HYDRATED

Residents of nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities and assisted living facilities rely on the skills and attentiveness of staff, including caregivers, nurses and dining room servers. Preventive procedures also have a lot to do with keeping residents healthy and well-nourished. Clear communication among the different staffing units is essential to preventing and correcting insufficient food and fluid intake. Physicians who visit residents on-site also play a key role by asking the right questions to nurses, giving orders and generally monitoring residents' state of health.

UNDERLYING SYSTEMIC DEFECTS LEAD TO PROBLEMS SUCH AS MALNUTRITION AND DEHYDRATION

When a resident of a long-term care facility is not thriving, it is not always a sign of aging, as many may believe. There are often systemic failures such as understaffing or failure to monitor residents that can allow deficiencies such as malnutrition and dehydration to develop.

Based in Eagan, MN, we take our Minnesota clients' concerns to heart as we carefully evaluate each set of facts to determine if there is a case — and how to bring about a resolution through legal procedures such as lawsuits. Through some of our own experiences as well as through our law practice, we understand well what it is like to suffer from loss and injury. See some of our client testimonials: /Testimonials.html

NURSING HOME MALNUTRITION ATTORNEYS IN THE ST. PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS AREA

Malnutrition injury attorneys at Bennerotte & Associates, P.A., are prepared to evaluate your case and recommend a course of action if your loved one has suffered from malnutrition or dehydration in a care facility. To schedule a consultation with a Minnesota plaintiff's lawyer, contact us as soon as possible at 651-JUSTICE (651-587-8423).

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