Nursing Home Abuse:

Dehydration

Dehydration is the result of a person's loss of body fluids amounting to more than his or her intake of fluids. It can lead to or contribute to a variety of serious health problems, such as:

  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Bedsores
  • Pneumonia
  • Death

In situations of nursing home neglect and abuse, the staff may fail to ensure that a patient is drinking or being supplied with enough water to combat dehydration, or may be insufficiently staffed to properly feed the residents.  What is unfortunate about this condition is that it is less immediately apparent than other physical injuries. However, one of the tell-tale signs is rapid weight loss (over 3% body weight). If you notice your loved one is losing weight at a rapid pace, you have a right to bring in an independent physician to look into the cause. If the cause is nursing home abuse or neglect, contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to protect the nursing home resident's rights.

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