Nursing homes are supposed to be safe facilities where we can entrust the care of our elderly loved ones when they can no longer take care of themselves. However, the unfortunate possibility is that there is always the chance that these unsuspecting elders may be abused or neglected in their nursing homes.
While we may fear for the most obvious types of abuse or neglect in nursing homes, one of the most common in the country is the duo combination of malnutrition and dehydration. In fact in the past 10 years, dehydration and malnutrition has been the culprit of approximately 14,000 nursing home residents deaths.
What Is Dehydration?
When an individual loses excessive amount of body fluid, they become dehydrated. While most healthy individuals can handle and fight dehydration, those who are sick or elderly may not be able to, leading to serious health risks or even death.
Dehydration may be caused from loss of fluid due to the side effects of medications, certain health conditions, and/or a decrease intake of fluids. In some elderly individuals, physiological changes may also play a part in dehydration.
Once an elderly suffers the symptoms of dehydration, they are at risk for a host of other medical problems, such as:
- Weakened immune system
- Worsened dementia
- Electrolyte imbalances
- Higher rate of developing infections
Dehydration of Nursing Home Residents
In nursing home facilities, residents often become dehydrated due to the sheer neglect of staff members who either forget or refuse to give the residents sufficient amount of fluids. And since the majority of these elderly residents are physically unable to get their own drinks and may not be able to adequately voice their concerns, they suffer from symptoms of dehydration.
If you notice any of the following symptoms of dehydration in your elderly loved one, immediately notify authority:
- Excessive thirst
- Unusual loss of appetite
- Dry skin
- Dark colored urine
- Dry mouth
- Extreme fatigue or weakness
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
Nursing Home Abuse? We Can Help
The Irvine nursing home abuse lawyers at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas are experts in nursing home dehydration cases. We can help you and your elderly loved one get the justice and money damages they deserve.
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