Is Your Loved One Getting Enough To Eat And Drink?

Every day, families face difficult decisions regarding the care of elderly loved ones. Many families place their loved ones in nursing homes and retirement homes. Most do not question the quality of care provided at these institutions, and most never have reason to. But occasionally, the care is substandard and the unfortunate victims are the elderly residents. At the Law Offices of Sloane L. Fish, LLC, in Baltimore, we help victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.
If your loved one is suffering because he or she has not gotten enough food or water, please schedule a free consultation to talk to one of our lawyers. 

Causes Of Malnutrition And Dehydration In Nursing Homes

When nursing homes fail to provide enough food and water for their residents, and a resident becomes sick or dies as a result, these establishments can be held legally responsible. Family members should speak to a nursing home neglect attorney about the circumstances of their loved one’s death or illness. We may discover that any of the following caused or contributed to the death or illness:

  • Understaffed nursing homes: When the ratio of workers to patients is too low, patients do not get the care they need and deserve.
  • Failure to accommodate patients’ nutritional needs: Can the patient eat solid foods? Does the patient need extra time to eat? Does the patient need nutritional shakes to maintain a healthy weight? Does the patient need thickened liquids to drink? Do certain medications suppress the patient’s appetite? These questions should be carefully considered by the institution providing care to your loved one.

Malnutrition and dehydration can lead to myriad health problems. Pre-existing conditions can worsen when the body does not have enough food or water to sustain itself. Severe dehydration and malnutrition can cause the body to shut down. If you have noticed changes in your loved one, anything from mouth sores to changes in the skin, you should talk to a lawyer.

Free Consultation: Contact Us Today

We can help determine if your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect and seek compensation for the suffering of your loved one and your family. You have legal options if a family member or loved one has suffered or died due to malnutrition or dehydration at a nursing home. We can explain what they are and the steps to take during a no-cost consultation. Contact us by email or call 410-246-0006.