Failure to Provide Adequate Nutrition or Hydration for Nursing Home Residents
Memphis nursing home negligence lawyers protecting the rights of injured clients in Jackson and throughout West Tennessee
Getting adequate nutrition and hydration is necessary to sustain life. When nursing home residents do not receive the nutrients and water they need in order to stay healthy and strong, they can become malnourished and more vulnerable to bed sores and infections, and they may begin to deteriorate very quickly. Dehydration and malnutrition are life-threatening conditions, which can lead to death if not addressed immediately. If you have a loved one who lives in a nursing home and you have been noticing that they are losing weight, looking gaunt and dehydrated – especially if they are unable to feed themselves – bring it to the attention of the nursing home administrator right away, as this is a sign that your loved one’s care has been neglected.
If the administrator does nothing, it is time to seek professional help from a dedicated Memphis nursing home abuse lawyer. At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, we know that there is never a good excuse to neglect or abuse the elderly who reside in nursing homes. We protect the rights of clients and their loved ones in Memphis, Jackson and throughout West Tennessee, when they are unable to fight for their own right to be cared for properly. We fight for the justice you deserve.
Regulations governing nutrition
Nursing homes must adhere to state and federal guidelines when it comes to providing nutrition and hydration for every resident. They must also report any significant changes in the resident’s condition to their treating physician and the resident’s family member in a timely manner. Nursing homes are also supposed to record what each resident eats and drinks every day along with what medications or supplements they are taking.
If the resident is unable to eat on their own, then that means that a staff person must come to their room and feed them every meal. If the resident has problems with their teeth, sores in their mouth or even just difficulty chewing this can be a time consuming process. Some staff may neglect this aspect of their jobs; others may not be able to keep up with the amount of residents they have. Either way, the nursing home is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of their residents, and failing to do so is an act of abuse.
Warning signs of malnutrition and dehydration
While malnutrition and dehydration happen quickly, there are warning signs of both conditions. Unless immediate care is taken, you could face the tragic loss of your loved one. A nursing home abuse victim may exhibit:
- Dull skin
- Sunken eyes
- Chapped lips
- Weak muscle tone
- Confusion and disorientation
He or she may also develop illnesses like pneumonia, anemia or urinary tract infections. Dehydration in particular is such an easy thing to prevent, but when it happens it can cause so many health problems. Dehydration weakens the resident’s immune system and slows down the body’s healing process, leaving the resident more susceptible to developing bed sores. It can also make dementia symptoms worse.
What to do when you see these warning signs
By the time you see these warning signs, the problem has already been going on for far too long. Contact the nursing home staff immediately and alert them to what you are seeing in your loved one. Ask to see their chart and make sure that their nutrition and hydration intake is being monitored. Your next step is to talk to a Memphis nursing home negligence attorney to discuss your options. Some families have taken legal action against nursing homes that have been negligent either after their loved ones have passed away due to abuse and neglect or when they came down with a serious illness or health complication.
At Bailey & Greer we are ready to help protect your loved one’s rights. You can meet with an experienced, compassionate Memphis nursing home negligence lawyer to discuss your case and receive legal guidance.
Contact our West Tennessee nursing home negligence attorneys to schedule a free consultation today
Nursing home abuse is shameful and sad. When our vulnerable elders are neglected or abused by their caregivers, we hold the responsible parties liable for their actions. You are welcome to call us at 877-819-4144 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve throughout the region from law offices in Jackson and Memphis.