Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys Serving Prince George's County, Anne Arundel County, Charles County, Baltimore, and in the Maryland, Washington, DC, Metro area.
Putting your loved one in the care of a nursing home facility should never be considered a risk. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse happen on a disturbingly common basis in the United States.
Malnutrition and dehydration occur in your loved one when staff fails to provide them with sufficient fluids and food. Dehydration happens when a person loses more water than they take in, resulting in poor health and creates harm. Chronic dehydration can lead to brain swelling, kidney failure, seizures, pneumonia, coma, or even death. Malnutrition is the lack of proper nutrition and occurs when there is a lack of vitamins, nutrients, and food in general in a person’s diet. It leads to muscle weakness, a weakened immune system, decreased organ function, and even death.
Seniors can become dehydrated and malnourished due to a variety of reasons, including medication, decreased thirst, or illness. However, they are also a sign of abuse in nursing homes because caregivers have a responsibility to monitor residents and ensure they are drinking adequate fluids and eating properly.
signs on malnutrition and dehydration
Some forms of malnutrition & dehydration are visible while some are not so easy to notice. Some signs of malnutrition & dehydration can include:
- Low blood pressure
- Difficulty walking, dizziness, headaches, fatigue
- Constipation or decreased urination
- Weight loss
- Tooth decay, swollen/bleeding gums
- Dry skin
- Dry mouth, frequently thirsty
- Muscle loss
- Decline in mental function
- Increased confusion and irritability
Malnutrition and dehydration are serious matters. You want the best for your loved ones, and they deserve to receive proper care. If you suspect that your elderly loved one is malnourished and dehydrated due to negligence or abuse, contact Potter Burnett Law today.
Potter Burnett Law will carefully review the evidence or signs to ensure that the patient is placed out of harm’s way and receives justice where due. The attorneys at Potter Burnett Law have the experience to represent you and your loved ones in cases of nursing home abuse involving malnutrition and dehydration.