Dehydration in the elderly is often a sign of nursing home neglect. There are a number of causes of dehydration – and nursing homes have a responsibility to make certain that your elder loved one is properly hydrated.
Dehydration is a serious issue with dangerous consequences. Not having enough water can lead to health issues including urinary tract infections, pneumonia, bed sores, and electrolyte imbalances.
There are a number of causes of dehydration, such as:
- Simply not receiving the proper liquid intake.
- An illness that causes fluid loss, such as diarrhea.
- A side-effect of a medication.
- Not drinking enough fluids due to a medical condition.
It is important to understand that even if your loved one’s nursing home is not responsible for the initial cause of the dehydration, they are responsible for detecting dehydration and acting to remedy the issue. Nursing home staff members should be trained to understand the dangers of fluid loss, to provide fluid to patients, and to recognize the signs of dehydration.
If you believe your loved one has suffered from severe dehydration due to nursing home neglect, contact the Dallas nursing home negligence attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm today.