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.
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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.