A number of factors can lead to malnutrition and dehydration in a long-term care or nursing home facility. Inhibitors to proper nutrition for elderly nursing home residents can include frequent illnesses that cause nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, swallowing or dental problems in the patient, isolation and depression and intentional food restriction by patients who fear incontinence or choking.
Contributing environmental factors can include:
· adverse drug events that cause stomach upset, confusion and drowsiness
· food or drug interactions that interfere with the body's absorption of nutrients
· level of dependency on feeding assistance
· poor positioning during mealtime
· not keeping water accessible at all times
· under qualified staff and insufficient assistance from staff for residents who need help eating
· special or monotonous diets
Understaffing has been noted as a prime contributor to malnutrition and dehydration in nursing homes. Studies indicate that understaffed facilities have stricter schedules that don't allow sufficient time for feeding residents or ensuring residents have water available to them at all times.
In 2006, a study conducted at the University of Arizona, College of Nursing, assessed 80 nursing residents from two, for profit, nursing homes in southwest Arizona. Of the participants, 33% had nutritional test results indicating malnutrition.
When Arizona families must turn to a nursing home facility to provide care for a loved one, they expect that their loved one will receive sufficient nutrition; one of life's most basic necessities. If you suspect someone you care about is suffering from malnutrition or has died as a result of malnutrition in an Arizona nursing home or long-term facility, contact Arizona nursing home abuse attorneys for a free consultation.
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