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Nursing Home Abuse: Malnutrition and Dehydration

Malnutrition and Dehydration

In the elderly, it is important for their bodies to function at their highest potential, making proper nourishment essential.  The right amount of vitamins, minerals, solids, and liquids are crucial for a complete and well balanced diet.  The duty of implementing the diets and providing adequate nourishment to your loved one is left in the hands of the nursing home or assisted living facility.

Signs of dehydration are:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Cracks develop around the mouth and lips
  • Lethargy
  • Little urine to no urine is produced
  • Urine that is produced is dark yellow in color

 

Signs of malnutrition are:

  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Cuts and wounds heal at a slower rate

 

Consulting a physician is the best way to determine if your loved one is getting the proper nourishment from the nursing home or assisted living facility.  There are many long term, and potentially fatal, health conditions that could occur when suffering from dehydration and malnutrition.

Your loved one may experience:

  • Overall weakness, which could lead to bed sores if the patient is rendered immobile
  • Loss of muscle mass due to the lack of mobility of the patient
  • Confusion and memory loss as a result to the decrease in brain function
  • Urinary tract infections and kidney failure
  • Dizziness, which could lead to falls

The Banks Law Group is well versed in the needs of our clients. Our team is dedicated to uncovering the truth and finding justice from those injured by the negligence of a caregiver. Don’t hesitate and wait, take control of your legal situation today!

Contact us directly at 844-815-9632 for your free in depth consultation.