Malnutrition increases the risk of sickness and infection, mobility constraints, fatigue, chronic illness, and daily living challenges in seniors and adults with developmental disabilities. Because of this, many care providers like our Residential Care in Perris, California, and Adult Homes offer meal preparation services to encourage healthy eating practices and reduce the risk of malnutrition. Here are some signs of malnutrition to be on the lookout for:
- Slow Healing
Malnutrition weakens the immune system and the body overall, causing wounds and injuries to take longer to heal. Recovering from sickness, infection, or allergy could also take longer.
- Feeling Tired or Fatigue Often
A nutrient-rich diet provides the body with efficient fuel and energy. Without these essential vitamins and minerals, the body can become sluggish, slow, and weak, enabling a state of lethargy, fatigue, and low energy.
- Muscle Weakness and Loss of Strength
When the body does not get enough nutrients, it does not have the ingredients to maintain muscle mass, bone density, and strength, leading to weakness and increasing the risk of falls and injury.
Urge your loved ones to eat better and prevent malnutrition by encouraging mindful eating practices at home. We also provide Respite Care and other Adult Care services to assist your loved ones with meal preparation during the times you cannot.