What are the signs of malnutrition?

When you have a loved one in a nursing home, you expect them to be afforded quality care. While this is true in many nursing facilities within Alabama, some homes fall well below a reasonable standard of care. This can lead to multiple health issues, including malnutrition if your loved one isn't being fed nutritious meals on a regular basis. Medical News Today explains some of the early signs of malnutrition and the impact it can have on a person. 

The foods we eat provide us with the essential vitamins and nutrients we need to live. As a result, when a person is lacking wholesome foods or doesn't eat enough, they'll present certain physical symptoms. Because nutrients provide energy to the body, a person who is undernourished will often appear tired and sluggish. He or she may also complain of constantly feeling cold and find it difficult to focus and concentrate. These problems are often seen in elderly people and may be exacerbated by a lack of nutritious foods. 

People who are malnourished also fall sick on a more frequent basis. Wound healing can also be compromised, which is extremely dangerous for bedridden people. Bedsores are a serious health issue that affect people who have problems with mobility. Bedsores can become quite serious rather quickly, especially when a person's diet is lacking. 

If proper nourishment is not soon provided, malnutrition can have an even more serious impact on a person's health. Heart failure can occur, as can hair loss, a sunken facial appearance, and problems breathing. Additionally, these effects can occur in as little as 12 weeks when a person is without proper nutrition. If you notice any of the above symptoms in a loved one who's currently residing in a nursing home, it's imperative that you take swift action. 

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