Malnutrition & Dehydration in Nursing Homes
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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 nursing home abuse 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, contact our skilled attorneys right away.