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Nursing Home Complaint Regarding Malnutrition

One thing that often shocks family members is to learn that their loved one has been suffering from malnutrition while living in a nursing home. After all, isn't one of the reasons that they went to a nursing home was to make sure that they were being taken care of properly?

There are federal regulations which address the issue of the resident's nutritional condition:

(i) Nutrition. Based on a resident's comprehensive assessment, the 
facility must ensure that a resident--
    (1) Maintains acceptable parameters of nutritional status, such as 
body weight and protein levels, unless the resident's clinical condition 
demonstrates that this is not possible; and
    (2) Receives a therapeutic diet when there is a nutritional problem.

Malnutrition (483.25(i))

Nursing home residents are evaluated on a regular basis by a dietician and if the dietician is doing a proper job with the right data, absent some serious illness, there should be no reason that a resident should suffer from malnutrition in a nursing home.

Poor nutritional status can have several adverse health effects on the resident:

  • Predisposing the resident to developing bed sores or pressure ulcers;
  • Causing or aggravating osteoporosis, or brittle bone disease, which leaves the resident susceptible to serious fractures and poor healing when there is a fall;
  • Impeding the body's ability to resist and recover from infection.

If there is a diagnosis of malnutrition made by a doctor or during a hospital admission, there is a legitimate basis for filing a nursing home complaint with the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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The submission process was easy to use and very straightforward. After submitting my complaint, I received confirmation from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health that they had received my complaint and would be investigating the nursing home.

-S.B., Filed nursing home complaint about Provena McAuley Manor in Aurora Illinois

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