One of the most common forms of nursing home neglect is malnutrition/dehydration. Neglect of basic needs, such as adequate food and water, is shockingly common in nursing homes, with some studies reporting millions of cases of malnutrition and/or dehydration in nursing home facilities throughout the United States. Because nursing homes are responsible for meeting the basic needs of their residents, instances of malnutrition and dehydration are almost always considered negligence.
If your elderly loved one appears to be suffering from improper nutrition or hydration, it is important that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Nursing home neglect is heartbreaking but, by taking swift legal action, you may be able to hold negligent parties accountable and secure justice on behalf of your loved one.
To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact the Houston-based nursing home neglect attorneys at Stepp & Sullivan, P.C. by calling (713) 714-5089.
Signs of Malnutrition & Dehydration
Proper nutrition and hydration are crucial for overall health and wellbeing. People suffering from malnutrition or dehydration are more susceptible to serious health complications, such as pneumonia, bedsores, weakened immune systems, and worsening dementia symptoms, among others. If allowed to progress, malnutrition and dehydration can both lead to death.
Often, nursing home residents are not able or willing to speak up when they are being mistreated. Because of this, it is important that you are able to recognize signs of neglect so that you can protect your loved one.
Some of the signs of malnutrition and/or dehydration include:
- Excessive thirst or hunger
- Dryness of skin and hair
- Brittle finger and toenails
- Dry mouth
- Flushed skin, especially in the face
- Loss of appetite
- Dark urine
- Weakness and fatigue
- Dizziness (sometimes accompanied by falls)
Severe symptoms of malnutrition and dehydration include nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and seizures. If an individual suffers any of these symptoms, he or she should receive immediate emergency medical care, as their life may be in jeopardy.
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Malnutrition and dehydration can occur due to insufficient amounts of food and water, inadequate portion sizes, lack of nutritious food, and even a resident’s inability to feed himself/herself. Staff shortages can also contribute to things like improper food storage, preparation, and distribution.
If you suspect that your elderly loved one is suffering from malnutrition or dehydration at his or her nursing home, reach out to our firm right away. At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., we work to provide each and every client with personalized legal services tailored to their unique situations. We take the time to listen to you, understand your needs, and fight for the justice and recovery you and your family deserve. In addition to serving clients in Houston, we also help victims of nursing home abuse and neglect in the Chicago area.
Call our office at (713) 714-5089 to speak to an experienced Houston nursing home neglect attorney about your situation.