The most obvious sign of nursing home abuse and neglect is physical harm. One type of abuse and neglect that is sometimes harder to notice is malnutrition and dehydration.
Malnutrition is a condition that occurs when an unbalanced diet is present. Nursing home facilities, they are required to have nutritious food for their residents and provide them with plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Unfortunately, residents do not always receive the proper diet and nutrients they should.
In many cases, the patient may have orders to monitor and document input and output. The failure to advise medical providers or family about changes in intake and output can have serious consequences.
If you suspect your loved one is suffering from malnutrition or dehydration, contact the nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Berger and Green.
Common signs of malnutrition and dehydration to look out for:
- Weight loss
- Frequent infections
- Difficulty keeping warm
- Diabetic Issues
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If you suspect your loved one may be suffering from malnutrition or dehydration, consult a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney right away. Both malnutrition and dehydration can be fatal if not treated immediately. Proper nutrition is necessary for individuals to help fight off infections. If nutrition is lost, recovery is sometimes impossible.