An elderly resident’s dehydration and malnutrition are common indicators of abuse by nursing home staff. A properly cared for resident is well-fed and gets an appropriate amount of water. But when the resident is not taken care of, a report to Adult Protective Services and contact with a dedicated nursing home abuse attorney may help protect your loved one from further harm.
If your elderly loved one shows signs of dehydration and malnutrition in a Ruston nursing home, allow our experienced team to fight on their behalf. We can fight to hold the facility responsible for its staff’s actions and get the compensation you need to move on.
Dehydration of Nursing Home Residents
Patients could be dehydrated for a number of reasons. For instance, they may be unable to consume liquids themselves without assistance or lack the mental capacity to tell others when they need it. This, of course, isn’t the nursing home’s fault.
What is their fault is not properly caring for vulnerable people by ensuring they are properly hydrated. Whether simply checking to make sure they drink enough, or if the resident requires an IV, the nursing home must take reasonable and necessary steps to ensure their residents are healthy. Failure to do so could make them liable if your family chooses to file an injury claim.
What is Malnutrition?
Malnutrition occurs when the body receives too little or too many nutrients. For most residents, the nursing home itself provides meals. This puts the administration and staff directly in control of what the resident is eating and drinking. It’s critical that this food meets the proper nutrition requirements for every patient.
Overnutrition in Elderly Residents
A patient may suffer from overnutrition if their diet consists of foods high in salt, sugar, and fat. Cheap, low-quality food is often the culprit for this issue. Nursing homes may try to cut costs by utilizing low-quality food that is unhealthy for their residents. This may be considered a type of neglect or abuse in some cases. An experienced local lawyer at our firm could help you determine if the nursing home is the cause of your loved one’s harm.
A resident may not receive enough nutrients from their diet to support a healthy condition. This might occur from not getting enough to eat, and it may be because the staff is failing to help a patient who cannot feed themselves. Lack of food is extremely dangerous to older adults, especially if they’re already vulnerable because of other conditions.
An Attorney Familiar with Dehydration and Malnutrition in Ruston Nursing Homes is Available to Help You
If you believe your elderly loved one is facing dehydration and malnutrition in the Ruston nursing home they reside in, you have the right to pursue compensation on their behalf in a proper case. Our office is experienced with these cases and can examine yours to help ensure your loved one is healthy.
For legal assistance, contact Babcock Injury Lawyers to seek compensation. Our office is ready to speak with you today.