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Malnutrition & Dehydration

Mount Laurel Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse Lawyers

Malnutrition and dehydration can significantly damage the health of older people. Nursing homes must have plans in place to assist residents who have difficulty remaining hydrated and properly nourished. When a nursing home fails in that duty, the result is often rapidly deteriorating health and possibly even death. At Costello, Mains & Silverman, LLC, our New Jersey attorneys work to protect nursing home residents by holding these facilities accountable for negligence. If you have a parent, spouse or other family member or friend who has suffered from lack of proper nutrition or from dehydration at a nursing home, contact us online or call 866-944-3371 to schedule a confidential consultation.

A Common Sign Of Neglect

Along with pressure ulcers (bedsores) and falls, malnutrition and dehydration are common signs that a nursing home is neglecting its responsibilities. Many health conditions can make it challenging for older people to get the nutrition they need. Some seniors have difficulty eating at all, while others may not process the food well enough to get the nutrients they need. It is simply not enough for nursing home staff to drop off a plate of food and assume everything is fine.

Poor nutrition can lead to further health complications. Signs of inadequate nutrition include weight loss, loss of strength, lethargy and the formation of bedsores. Dehydration is often found alongside malnutrition and has a similar, if faster, impact on overall health. Dehydration can be the result of medication mistakes or other symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea.

Contact Our Skilled Attorneys

Dehydration and malnourishment can be the result of poorly monitored health problems, but they can also be the result of basic neglect. If a nursing home is poorly staffed or workers are callous toward residents, then it is possible that your loved one has not been given food and water on a regular basis. It is important to act quickly to hold nursing homes accountable for the failure to provide acceptable care. Contact us online or call us at 866-944-3371 to discuss your situation today.