Dehydration / Failing to Properly Hydrate

Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Attorney

The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 states that the residents of long-term care facilities have the right to proper nutrition and hydration. Unfortunately, a study published by the non-profit foundation the Commonwealth Fund stated that approximately one in three nursing home residents in the United States are at risk for malnutrition or dehydration. It is rare to find a case of dehydration in a nursing home in which serious negligence on the part of the management and / or staff members is not a factor.

Consideration for the bottom line leads many long-term care facilities to hire too few nurses and other personnel, which can have a significantly detrimental impact on the health and well-being of residents. In other cases, staff members are simply too careless and fail to ensure that all patients are properly hydrated. Family members should take precautions to ensure that their loved ones are safe.

What is the danger of dehydration?

Do you suspect that your loved one is dehydrated? Insufficient fluids can put an elderly person at higher risk for urinary tract infections, bedsores / ulcers, pneumonia, renal failure, weakness, falls / fractures, and other health risks. In very severe cases, the patient may even be at risk for death. The Health Care Financing Administration stated that dehydration was found to be one of the top 10 most frequent reasons for hospitalization in a Medicare study. It is important to protect your loved one from the dangers posed by dehydration.

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Do not hesitate to act if you suspect that your loved one is a victim of neglect. Talk to a New York and New Jersey nursing home abuse attorney in a complimentary case evaluation when you call Morelli Law Firm today. We are here to protect your rights.