DEHYDRATION / MALNUTRITION
Ramifications of Dehydration and Malnutrition
Due to understaffed nursing homes and those running with inexperienced staffs in general, nursing home neglect is becoming more and more common. While many assume this is less severe than the physical or emotional abuse associated with nursing home abuse, in fact the effects of nursing home neglect can be just as brutal. One of the most common signs of neglectful treatment is dehydration and malnutrition.
As our loved ones grow older, it becomes increasingly difficult for them to stay nourished and receive all of their daily nutrients. Often, it takes an alert and persistent staff to ensure that they are eating and drinking enough to keep them at optimum health. Homes running on too low of a budget can also sometimes simply not afford enough food to properly feed all of their residents, or have to compromise with food of less quality. When anything of this nature fails to happen, your loved can begin to grow ill. They can suffer side effects such as lethargy, weakness, drastic weight loss and light-headedness. Health is increasingly important as they grow older and should never be put in jeopardy by a careless or negligent staff.
At Wendt Law Firm P.C. we have seen first-hand the results of improper care at nursing homes, whether from intentional abuse or sheer neglect. Dehydration and malnutrition are painful, serious effects of such treatment, and in some severe instances can even lead to death. When your loved one has suffered from something such as this, it is important to be guided through the the evaluation process by a lawyer with experience.