Dehydration And Malnutrition Among Nursing Home Residents

Dehydration and malnutrition are far more common than you might think, affecting about a third of nursing home residents. These elders often have significant underlying health conditions. Without adequate nutrients and hydration, their bodies aren't equipped to function properly. They can end up suffering from serious complications.

If your loved one has become dehydrated or malnourished, you're likely wondering, how could this have happened? Your loved one was supposed to be in good hands. Nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home health care agencies are supposed to keep vulnerable elders safe.

Lack of proper staffing is often a major contributor. Many nursing homes have far too many residents and not enough staff members to properly care for them. Moreover, staff members might not have the right training to fully address patients' needs, especially those with feeding tubes (or PEG tubes).

Signs Of Inadequate Nutrition Or Hydration In Elders

Patients suffering from malnutrition or dehydration often develop signs such as:

  • Rapid or unexplained weight loss
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Thrush or oral yeast infections
  • Loss of muscle tone
  • Loss of skin tone
  • Bedsores
  • Weakness
  • Exhaustion
  • Worsening vision
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Memory loss

These symptoms may go unnoticed by inattentive staff members. By the time they come to light — usually when a family member raises concerns — the victim's health may have already deteriorated considerably. The damage might be irreversible.

A Voice For Vulnerable Elders

The truth is that malnutrition and dehydration are entirely preventable. If your loved one is suffering from either (or both), it's a sure sign of neglect.

At the Miami-based law firm of Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A., we'll make sure your concerns are heard and addressed. Our attorneys handle neglect claims against nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other care providers across Florida. We're committed to upholding the rights and dignity of seniors.

Call 305-670-2000 to speak with a lawyer during a free consultation. You can also send us an email.