Nursing Home Malnutrition and Dehydration

malnourished nursing home residentHaving access to food and water is a basic life necessity. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for malnutrition and dehydration to occur among the elderly who reside in nursing homes.

When a facility’s negligence leaves a resident without proper nutrition or hydration, the health and well-being of that resident are placed in grave danger. Malnutrition and dehydration in nursing homes are almost always the direct result of negligence and can also be indications of other types of abuse and inadequate care.

If you notice that your loved one is not receiving an appropriate level of care, do not hesitate to contact the Las Vegas nursing home abuse attorneys at Henness & Haight for help getting justice and compensation. We strongly believe in holding assisted living facilities accountable for the harm they cause to innocent elderly victims.

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The Role of Negligence

Elder malnutrition and dehydration in nursing homes are two of the most wide-spread health issues facing residents. They are also the leading signs of neglect and inadequate care.

The elderly are at a much greater risk for developing these conditions and suffering serious side effects as a result. This is why it is critical that a facility’s staff is appropriately trained to anticipate if a resident is malnourished or dehydrated. A facility and its staff members may have acted negligently if they fail to:

  • Provide nutritious food and water on a regular basis and ensure that it is consumed
  • Supervise residents during meal and snack times
  • Ensure there is an appropriate amount of staff on-hand to sufficiently feed and monitor residents
  • Adequately educate staff on proper nutrition and how to feed residents
  • Provide extra care and attention to residents who require assistance with eating or drinking, or who have trouble chewing or swallowing
  • Remain vigilant for signs of dehydration or malnourishment
  • Properly monitor residents’ diet restrictions according to doctors’ orders, as well as prescription requirements and side effects
  • Encourage residents to eat or drink necessary amounts, even if they refuse

Nursing home residents are a fragile population that rely on their facility to ensure their health and safety. Often they are unable to feed themselves, are unable to communicate a need for food or water, or suffer from a condition that impairs their ability to recognize thirst or hunger. In these situations, it is imperative for the facility staff to be properly equipped to recognize and address malnourishment.

If a facility fails in its obligations to provide adequate care, and your loved one suffers harm because of their inadequacies, our attorneys can help you hold the facility accountable for its negligence.

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The Dangers of Malnutrition

More than simply not getting enough food, malnutrition means that a resident is not getting the appropriate amount of nutrients, vitamins and minerals from their diet. A lack of proper nutrition can be life-threatening in the elderly.

Malnutrition can lead to a number of serious medical problems, including:

  • Confusion
  • Feeling dizzy, faint or lightheaded
  • Memory loss
  • Weakened immune system
  • Infections
  • Anemia
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Organ failure
  • Easily bruising
  • Dental problems
  • Severe and unplanned weight loss

In severe cases, malnutrition can even lead to death. If your loved one has died as a result of not getting the proper nutrients, you should immediately report the incident to the appropriate authorities before calling an experienced nursing home abuse attorney to help hold the facility accountable for your loved one’s death.

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Signs of Dehydration

Dehydration can affect nursing home residents if an individual’s loss of fluids is greater than their intake. This can occur if a facility is negligent in the care it provides to its residents who rely solely on its staff to provide water and other important necessities.

Similar to that of malnourishment, a lack of fluids can also lead to serious medical conditions, including:

  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Pneumonia
  • Bedsores
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Dar-colored urine
  • Chills
  • Flushed skin
  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Extreme thirst
  • Yellowing of the skin

Although many of the signs of malnutrition and dehydration in nursing homes can be difficult to identify, it is vital that family members are aware of the signs and potential side effects, as they can have devastating effects on an elderly individual.

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How an Attorney Can Help

If you believe your loved one is suffering from any form of abuse or neglect while residing in a nursing home, do not hesitate to contact Henness & Haight right away. There is a limited amount of time to file an abuse lawsuit in Nevada, after which time you will be barred from legal action.

Malnutrition and dehydration in nursing homes are serious forms of neglect that require the experience of an accomplished nursing home abuse attorney. At Henness & Haight, we have decades of experience defending the rights of the elderly against negligent and abusive assisted living facilities. It is our objective to help you get justice and the maximum amount of compensation your loved one deserves.

Schedule a free consultation with our qualified team today. We work only on a contingency fee basis and do not get paid unless your case is successful.

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