Malnutrition and malnourishment can occur in nursing homes for a variety of reasons. Some common causes of malnutrition in nursing homes include:
Complications of malnutrition and malnourishment can include weakened immune systems, increased susceptibility to infections and other illnesses, and organ failure. In severe cases, malnutrition can be fatal.
To avoid malnutrition and malnourishment in nursing homes, it is important for staff members to monitor residents’ food intake and to ensure that they are receiving adequate nutrition. This may include helping with eating, offering a variety of appealing and nutritious foods, and ensuring that residents’ dietary needs are met. It is also important for nursing homes to have sufficient staffing levels to allow for proper monitoring and support of residents’ nutritional needs.