Dehydration and Malnutrition

Everyone requires adequate nutrition to stay healthy. Neglecting elders by providing them with insufficient nutrition and hydration can lead to an overall decline in their health and prevent the healing of existing medical conditions. At Walker Wallace PLC, we are angered by the thought of a neglected family member withering away due to poor nutrition. When it comes to protecting the most at-risk members of our society, we pull no punches and offer no quarter to those responsible for their harm.

How nursing home negligence leads to malnutrition and dehydration

Malnutrition is not just having inadequate food to eat. It could mean the foods you eat don’t contain adequate vitamins and minerals. Dehydration happens when you don’t get sufficient fluids, or because of diarrhea or a diuretic medication. These conditions can be hard for a family to see, but they commonly accompany nursing home neglect cases. Weakened bodies and compromised immune systems can further lead to falls and bedsores.

Several factors contribute to a patient’s malnutrition and dehydration, such as:

  • Inadequate staffing to feed patients who cannot feed themselves
  • Patients suffering from undiagnosed swallowing disorders or the inability to chew solid food
  • Drug interactions that decrease the body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals
  • Neglecting to provide adequate food and water and ensure it is consumed
  • Failing to look for and notice signs of dehydration and malnutrition

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, watch them for signs of weight loss and ask their caregivers to provide test results and dehydration scores. At Walker Wallace PLC, we endeavor to protect all victims of nursing home neglect from future pain and suffering.

Health problems and injuries that may result from dehydration or malnutrition

In addition to physical signs, dehydration and malnutrition may lead to serious medical problems. These problems include:

  • Fall fractures due to weakness or immobility
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Pneumonia
  • Bedsores
  • Anemia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Death

Ensuring that a patient gets proper nutrition seems like a routine duty. If your loved one shows signs of dehydration or malnutrition, have them checked by a doctor immediately.

Contact our office in Louisville, KY for a free consultation

Walker Wallace PLC fights on your behalf, providing tenacious representation and helping to secure the compensation your loved one suffering dehydration or malnutrition deserves. We provide caring, compassionate representation for nursing home neglect victims and their families. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and weekend and evening appointments are available upon request. If necessary, we can even visit you at your nursing home or hospital bed. Call us at 502-937-1125 or contact us online to arrange an appointment and get the answers you need.