Malnutrition and Dehydration in the Nursing Home
By: Jared Reynolds – Founding Member, RM Law Group LLC
Nursing Home Abuse, Wrongful Death, and Personal Injury Attorney
Food and water are two of our most basic human needs. In the nursing home setting many individuals are reliant on the nursing staff to provide them with the nutrients that they need, and to do so throughout their residency. For those residents, it is important that the time and effort needed to ensure that each resident is sufficiently nourished is given for each person, depending on their individual needs.
Those who have mobility issues, or weakness in their extremities, may have difficulty walking to get a cup of water, a meal, or even feeding/drinking themselves. For them, it is even more imperative that there is enough staff in place to ensure that they are not only regularly given food, water, or other supplements, but also that enough time is spent to ensure that they actually consume such nutrients.
Although a simple concept, if a loved one in the nursing home is not sufficiently nourished they can die of malnutrition or dehydration, both preventable if enough effort is put into ensuring that they receive the care they require. Sometimes to sufficiently feed or hydrate our loved ones, a significant period of time may be needed to ensure that all food and water is consumed, especially for those people who may be suffering from dementia or other conditions affecting their mental capacity. Regardless, it is still the nursing home’s responsibility to guarantee that each resident receives their required nutrients, and that sufficient staff are in place to verify that the attention required is given to each resident.
You as the family have the right to participate in the care and treatment of your loved one. If you have concerns, be sure to express them to not only the staff, but also the Director of Nursing or even the Administrator. Then, be sure to follow up to ensure that your concerns were addressed, and finally, if necessary, consult with an Attorney about your concerns.
If you or a loved one have questions or concerns about the care being provided to a loved one in a nursing home or similar setting, reach out to myself, Jared Reynolds, at JR@rmlawfirm.com, 312-508-3296, or fill out an intake form on our site at rmlawfirm.com, to arrange for a confidential, free consultation to discuss your concerns. No fees will ever be charged unless I am able to obtain a successful outcome for you.