Malnutrition & Dehydration
Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in West Virginia
It is estimated that between 700,000 and 1.2 million elderly people are
subject to abuse or mistreatment every year. Nursing home abuse is a large
contributor to that number, unfortunately. So much so that federal and
state governments have created a bill of rights for nursing home residents,
in an effort to counteract the abuse. Nursing homes that do not comply
with state and federal regulations, could face sanctions and ultimately
lose their Medicare or Medicaid certificates. Depending on the severity
of the nursing home abuse, those responsible could also be charged with
battery, criminal assault, fraud and other criminal offenses.
Proper diet, an adequate food supply, and access to clean water are a fundamental
part of caring for an elderly or incapacitated individual. Without proper
nutrition, a person could easily suffer from malnutrition and dehydration.
If this type of nursing home abuse is left uncorrected, the malnutrition
and dehydration can quickly escalate to more serious injuries or even a
wrongful death. In cases such as this it is vital that you contact a
West Virginia personal injury lawyer if you suspect or have evidence that your loved one is suffering from
malnutrition in their nursing home.
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Has your loved one suffered malnutrition or dehydration in a nursing home?
Due to age, illness, injury or other circumstance, nursing home residents
tend to be more susceptible to infection and injury. It is extremely important
that individuals in nursing homes receive proper food, water and nutrients
so they do not end up suffering from malnutrition and dehydration. It
cannot be expected that a resident of a nursing home will monitor their
own food and water intake. Providing healthy, nutritional, appetizing
meals and ensuring residents are partaking in those meals is one of the
fundamental expectations of any nursing home. This holds true for water
intake as well.
It is also important that symptoms and indicators of malnutrition and dehydration
are known and recognized by not only the nursing home staff, but the individual's
family as well. Dry mouth, vomiting, depression and more can all be indicators
that something is wrong. If gone unchecked or unresolved, muscle weakness
could occur resulting in
fall accidents and
broken bones. Lack of energy, an unwillingness or inability to walk or even get out
of bed, could also be an indicator of malnutrition or dehydration, and
might bring about
bed sores and bruises.
Do not let symptoms or reports of malnutrition and dehydration go unchecked.
When a loved one is placed in a nursing home, family members must be constantly
alert to their well-being and proper care. Nobody wants to see their loved
ones falling victim to nursing home abuse.
If you suspect or have observed a case of malnutrition & dehydration
in a nursing home, you need to
contact a West Virginia nursing home abuse attorney at the firm right away.