Nursing homes both in New York and across the nation are in a shocking state, providing often poor care to the elderly residents. As many as 85 percent of nursing home residents suffer from malnutrition or dehydration.
The problems in nursing homes can be attributed to several things. First, many of the staff are inadequately trained. There is a very high turnover rate, leading to inconsistency of care. The staff to patient ratios are often far too high. According to some reports, in some nursing homes, 30 to 50 percent of the residents are underweight. Other conditions, such as depression, can also lead to weight loss and a loss of desire to eat, compounding the problem.