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Dehydration & Malnutrition

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Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are legally responsible for providing their patients with adequate nutrition.

Proper nutrition is important for everyone. To reach optimal health, we require a complex mix of vitamin, minerals, the right food, and water. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are required to maintain optimal health for their patients.

You may suspect that your loved one isn’t receiving the right food, or enough water, for their health. But how can you be sure? We’ve provided a checklist of signs to look out for.

Signs of dehydration In elderly adults

  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Swollen tongue
  • Inactivity or lethargy
  • Little urine that is dark yellow, or no urine at all

Signs of malnutrition in elderly adults

  • Irritability
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Slowed wound healing

Contact a medical professional

Of course, to properly determine whether your loved one isn’t being adequately nourished, it’s essential to contact a medical professional. PA Nursing Home Lawyers Haberman Law works closely with medical professionals to determine the health of your loved one, and whether their nutritional needs are being met by their nursing home or assisted living facility.

Dehydration & malnutrition effects

Many serious medical conditions can be caused by dehydration or improper nutrition. Many of these problems are potentially life-threatening. The most common results of malnutrition and dehydration are:

  • Weakness, often leading to immobility which can cause bed sores
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Decrease in brain function, which can cause memory loss, confusion
  • Loss of muscle mass, which can lead to decreased mobility

Contact a Philadelphia elder abuse and neglect attorney

If left unaddressed, improper nutrition and lack of adequate hydration invariably lead to death. It’s extremely important, if you suspect that your loved one’s nutritional needs are not being met due to the neglect of a nursing home or assisted living facility’s staff, that you contact an experienced Pennsylvania nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer.

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Haberman Law is dedicated to representing the rights of victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.

Many of us turn to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and group homes to provide care for our elderly loved ones.

If you suspect that a loved one was the victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or group home, contact us.

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215-240-7771

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