Studies on malnutrition and dehydration in nursing homes have estimated the ratio of those affected to be 35% or more – not unlike the rates found in third world nations. It’s a painful truth that even in Nashville, Tennessee our loved ones suffer as much or more than people in developing countries. Dehydration was listed as one of Medicare’s ten top diagnoses causing hospital admission, according to the Health Care Financing Administration.
Malnutrition and dehydration occur when a person does not take in enough food and liquid. But it also happens when the food and drink provided lacks the necessary calories and nutrients.
The elderly are at greater risk for malnutrition and dehydration than any other age group. As we age, taste buds diminish and can make eating and drinking more of a chore than a pleasure. Residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities experience even greater reluctance to eat and drink enough. It is the responsibility of care givers of the elderly here in Nashville, Tennessee to ensure they have proper nutrition and adequate fluid intake. Many persons need assistance to eat and drink. Facilities frequently cut corners by not maintaining sufficient staff. Poorly trained or inadequately supervised staff may not take the time to provide the help that is needed.
Also, facilities that operate for profit cut costs by reducing food quantities or nutritional value. Many of our elderly suffer from various forms of memory loss. Alzheimer patients have little or no short term memory. If asked they cannot recall what or if they have eaten or had anything to drink recently.
Contact us today if you suspect your loved one has been a victim of neglect or abuse:
Joe Dughman & Associates
3817 Bedford Ave, Ste 220 Nashville, TN 37215