Dehydration and Malnutrition
Causes of dehydration or malnutrition in the nursing home setting are many, but frequently include:
- Fluid losses due to illness such as diarrhea, flu, or infections.
- The side effects of certain medications.
- The simple failure of the resident to be given adequate fluids or food.
- An age-related decrease in thirst or hunger sensation.
Dehydration or malnutrition can be a particular problem with the memory-impaired, such as those suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia. If there is a change in the health of the resident, the facility must consider how that change might impact the resident's nutritional status, and amend the care plan accordingly.
Walton Law Firm has successfully prosecuted nursing homes and other care facilities in cases involving dehydration and malnutrition. If you have questions about dehydration or malnutrition please submit your confidential question online, or call Walton Law Firm for a free and private consultation. We can be reached toll free at (866) 607-1325 or locally at (760) 607-1325.