Dehydration and Nursing Home Abuse (Part 1)

Dehydration and Nursing Home Abuse (Part 1)


Posted December 21, 2013 by admin

Dehydration can be a form of nursing home abuse that may result in serious, potentially life-threatening complications for elderly residents.
Dehydration can be a form of nursing home abuse that may result in serious, potentially life-threatening complications for elderly residents.

When we place our aging loved ones in nursing home care facilities, we want to be able to trust that we are putting them under the care of compassionate medical professionals who will help look after our loved ones and do their best to provide our loved ones with the best possible quality of life in their later years.

Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case, and oftentimes, elderly residents in nursing homes are outright neglected or abused – causing them to suffer serious, potentially fatal injuries. Among these injuries can be the complications associated with dehydration, the severe lack of water and other fluids being supplied to the body.

Dehydration Symptoms

Because some elderly nursing home patients may have conditions that prevent them from being able to drink fluids on their own and/or from being able to remember to consume enough fluids, it’s important that the relatives of these loved ones, as well as the staff at nursing homes, are familiar with the signs of dehydration so that they know when to get elderly residents the treatments they may need.

Some of the most common symptoms of dehydration include (but are not limited to):

  • Dry mouth and/or chapped lips
  • Extreme thirst
  • Decreased urination and/or constipation
  • Dry skin on various parts of the body
  • Shriveling of the skin that does not “bounce back” after being pinched
  • Persistent headaches
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness and/or disorientation
  • Fatigue, sleepiness or extreme exhaustion
  • Sunken eyes
  • Irritability.

When dehydration starts to affect a person’s heartbeat, blood pressure and/or ability to breath, that individual may be suffering from particularly severe dehydration, and emergency medical care should be sought to prevent potentially fatal complications from arising.

For additional information regarding dehydration as a form of nursing home abuse, be sure to check out the upcoming Part 2 of this blog.

Mount Vernon Nursing Home Abuse and Personal Injury Lawyers

At the law firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C., our experienced Mount Vernon nursing home abuse and personal injury lawyers have been providing client-centered representation to our Southern Illinois clients since 1950. Our trusted attorneys focus on our clients’ needs, we are passionate about our clients, and we do everything we can to help them get the maximum possible compensation for their losses and injuries so they can focus on recovery and moving on with their life.

We take pride in tailoring our legal representation to specifically meet our clients’ needs and in expertly guiding them through each stage of the complex the legal process. While our attorneys are aggressive and effective litigators both inside and outside of the courtroom, we are also counselors that can provide our clients with helpful legal advice regarding their best options.

If your elderly loved one has been diagnosed with severe dehydration after being admitted to a nursing home – or if you suspect that your loved one has suffered from any type of nursing home abuse, contact us by calling (888) 896-9381 or by emailing us using the form at the upper right-hand side of the page. We can provide you with a free, thorough assessment of your case, along with professional advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward.

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