Malnutrition in nursing homes and assisted living facilities occurs when patients are not given enough to eat.  Meal trays are left far away from patients who cannot reach them.  Overworked staff does not have time to help slow eaters.  Residents who say they are not hungry once are not given a chance to change their minds.  Malnutrition causes loss of function, reduces the body’s ability to fight off pressure ulcers and infection, and results in a wasting away.  Malnutrition is preventable with proper staffing, supervision, and care. 

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1. Wilma J. Wheeler wrote:
According to a physician my father had no oral hygeine for many months and is ready to give a disposition to my attouney. He was admitted to the hospital by me, his daughte. He was in critical condition. They surgically placed agastr-intestinal tube and he recovered. He was discharged to rehab facility and fell over the siderail before he was admitted. His health staus decline. The status of his health declined and I readmitted him to the hospital. A chest x-ray revealed infiltrate in the lungs. It is highly suspect that his feeding tube was displaced from the fall and he aspirated his feedings. He died shortly thereafter.
We cannot find anyone in Indiana or outside the state to take the case.
Can you help me or give some advice.

Wilma J. Wheeler
Phone: 317-570-8039

Sat, September 12, 2009 @ 10:48 AM

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