Malnutrition in Nursing Homes
Studies show that nutritional deficiencies are common among U.S. nursing home residents, including those in South Carolina. Estimates say that 35 to 85 percent of elderly adults in long-term care facilities experience malnutrition.
Malnutrition occurs if the body does not get enough nutrients, including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Malnutrition in an older adult can cause physical weakness, which may lead to falls that cause serious injury and increase the risk of infections and other medical problems that can be deadly.
We expect that a loved one who is entrusted to the care of a nursing home will be properly cared for, which includes proper feeding and nutrition.