Champaign Nursing Home Malnutrition Lawyers
Do you have a loved one in a Champaign nursing home who you suspect is suffering from malnutrition? If so, you need to take immediate action to get them help. Nursing home managers have an obligation to hire adequate and experienced staff who understand the nutritional requirements of residents. The best way to get results and to hold Champaign nursing home caregivers and their managers accountable is to seek the help of an attorney with experience in malnutrition cases at Champaign nursing homes.
Nursing home residents are vulnerable and have special needs that require competent and experienced care, day and night. These residents are typically elderly or disabled, and their nutritional needs require extra effort and attention. Even if nursing home caregivers were not intentionally negligent in caring for your loved one’s nutritional well-being, you expect adequate and competent care, and your loved one deserves it.
Malnutrition can quickly lead to other serious health conditions and even death. Your loved one’s muscles could start to weaken, or they could become dizzy or even faint. These conditions can lead to serious falls. Your loved one could suffer from organ damage. You cannot afford to waste time if your loved one is showing signs of malnutrition.
The Champaign nursing home abuse attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C. are a legal team with experience in Champaign nursing home malnutrition cases. We want to remove as much of your stress as possible while you concentrate on your loved one’s well-being and recovery. You can schedule a free consultation by contacting us here, or you can call us at (217) 328-2828.
Why Hire Spiros Law, P.C. to Handle Your Champaign Nursing Home Malnutrition Case?
Since 2005, Spiros Law, P.C. has been helping our clients in Champaign and throughout Illinois get the justice and compensation they deserve. We have successfully helped families whose loved ones have suffered at nursing homes in Champaign county and are extremely familiar with the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.
Some residents experience varying kinds of abuse, such as physical, sexual, and verbal. Often, simply ensuring that the nursing home is adequately staffed and that the caregivers have relevant experience and understand the residents’ special needs can prevent abuse. Unfortunately, not all facilities are able to obtain adequate staffing.
Nursing home malnutrition is not always the result of intentional negligence. Caregivers may not be keeping accurate food logs or adequately monitoring food intake. Some underlying conditions or medications can inhibit ample nutrition absorption. Your loved one may be experiencing stress in their eating environment. Whatever the reason, the caregivers have a responsibility to take extra steps to ensure that your loved one is getting the nutrition they require.
If you’ve approached the nursing home staff and management with your concerns about your loved one’s nutritional needs and condition and have seen no improvement, you cannot afford to wait any longer to seek legal help. Management is likely to deny that there is a problem. If they have not given you the result you need and that your loved one deserves, you need to seek out the assistance of an experienced Champaign nursing home malnutrition attorney.
Our compassionate team of experienced attorneys believes that Champaign nursing homes are responsible for giving their residents the care they need. We fight fiercely against nursing home malnutrition injustices. After our initial free consultation with you, we will investigate to build your case. We have the experience to know what evidence to look for and what witnesses to talk to. We can also talk to experts who can help us with your malnutrition claim.
Nursing home residents are usually helpless and cannot defend or stand up for themselves, so we do it for them. Contact the attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. and let us fight for your loved one.
Types of Nursing Home Malnutrition Cases We Handle
Nursing home malnutrition cases fall into two primary categories: passive negligence and active negligence.
Nursing home caregivers can be passively negligent about ensuring that Champaign nursing home residents are getting their nutritional needs met. Overworked staff may miss certain signs of malnutrition or cannot adequately monitor each resident’s meals.
In actively negligent cases, the nursing home may be cutting costs by preparing nutritionally deficient meals. Even worse, disgruntled, angry, or disturbed nursing home staff may be purposely withholding food and water or ignoring your loved one’s requests for food.
If your loved one has an underlying condition, that condition may be interfering with their appetite, their ability to eat, or their ability to absorb the nutrients from their food. Some gastric upsets, for example, can interfere with digestion and nutrient absorption. Your loved one may have certain allergies that require dietary restrictions. If they don’t get that special diet, malnutrition can result.
The nursing home may not be preparing nutritionally sound meals. Alternatively, your loved one may be only eating some food items or unhealthy snacks from visitors that may prevent them from being hungry enough to eat a proper, nutritious meal.
Regardless of why your loved one is suffering from malnutrition, you have entrusted a Champaign nursing home with their care. They have violated that trust and must be held accountable.
Signs of Malnutrition in Champaign Nursing Homes
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, vulnerable nursing home populations, like the elderly and the disabled, are at the most risk for abuse and neglect. This is because they have physical, mental, emotional, or physical limitations and rely on others for their care.
It is imperative that you monitor your loved one’s condition carefully. If you suspect that your loved one may be malnourished but aren’t sure, look for these signs:
- Weight loss
- Wounds that are slow to heal
- More bruising than normal
- Increased rate of infections
- Muscle weakness, or an increase in stumbles and falls
- Memory problems
These signs can quickly turn into something more serious and require medical attention.
Call Your Experienced Champaign Nursing Home Malnutrition Attorneys Today
Don’t waste another day and allow your loved one’s condition to deteriorate further. Let the experienced and compassionate Champaign nursing home malnutrition attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. get you and your loved one the help and justice you deserve. Call us today at (217) 328-2828.