Malnutrition And Dehydration At Nursing Homes

Many nursing home residents are unable to eat and drink without assistance. This is often due to dementia or other cognitive deficits which can cause a resident to essentially forget how to eat or forget that he or she needs to eat. We rely on staff at nursing homes to ensure our loved ones are getting the nutrition and hydration they need. However, due to understaffing in many nursing homes, many nursing home residents who need assistance eating and drinking are neglected.

The all-too-common situation occurs when food and drink are placed in front of a resident who is unable to eat independently and then picked up an hour later with not a bite or sip taken. Staff failing to sit with a resident and assist him or her with eating and drinking is very frequently the cause of our loved ones becoming malnourished or dehydrated in nursing homes.

It is important to make sure your loved one is eating and drinking. Next time you visit your loved one in a nursing home ask staff how his or her appetite has been, check your loved ones skin to see if it feels "normal." Often a resident's skin turgor is a telltale sign of dehydration. It can also be helpful to see if your loved one looks like he or she has lost a significant amount of weight in a short period of time. If you have any questions or concerns about malnutrition or dehydration in a nursing home, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact Us: Helping Victims Of Malnutrition And Dehydration In Nursing Homes

If you or a loved one became malnourished or dehydrated in an Illinois nursing home or hospital, you may be entitled to compensation. We can help you seek maximum compensation to cover the pain and suffering you have experienced. Call us today at 847-640-1676 or complete our online contact form to schedule a no-cost consultation. Our office is located in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and we handle cases throughout Illinois.