Nursing homes have a legal responsibility to maintain adequate nutrition and hydration for their patients. This means that each person should get proper amounts of the fluids, calories, protein, minerals and vitamins that are needed in order to be comfortable and healthy. While this can sometimes be a difficult subject area depending on the patient, neglecting to provide the adequate amount of nutrition—which is known as malnutrition—can lead to severe harm, sickness, and even death.
Dehydration and malnutrition in any living being, especially someone who is elderly, frail, and possibly sick, can result in a compromised immune system, disorientation, weak muscles, confusion, and can worsen bed sores.
Did you know?
Your loved one’s life may be in danger.
If you or a family member currently lives in a nursing home and has suffered from dehydration or malnutrition, we strongly encourage you to speak with a skilled nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer as quickly as possible.