Dehydration and Nursing Home Neglect
When a nursing home resident is reliant upon staff to maintain adequate hydration, it is vitally important that staff members provide an adequate level of care. When they fail to meet this obligation, helpless residents are left to suffer and wonder when that sip of water will come. All too often, it does not.
The Columbus, Ohio, attorneys at The Donahey Law Firm represent people who have been injured due to dehydration and other forms of nursing home neglect. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to nursing home negligence, contact us today to speak with an experienced Ohio nursing home abuse attorney.
Elderly Patient Dehydration Issues
When elderly nursing home residents do not receive adequate fluids, they are susceptible to urinary tract infections, bedsores, electrolyte imbalances and other health problems.
Many nursing home residents are unable to help themselves to water, and they are not able to express themselves to staff members. It is important that nursing homes monitor fluid intake and provide adequate assistance in helping residents to water. Some residents may need to be reminded to drink.
The hydration needs of a resident may change depending on the circumstances. Residents suffering from diarrhea or who are taking diuretics, for instance, are especially prone to dehydration.
Dehydration can be the result of failure to monitor residents, inadequate training, frequent shift changes and other factors. Our attorneys have the experience, skill and resources to identify the causes of nursing home negligence and establish liability. We are dedicated to helping victims of nursing home abuse recover compensation for the damages they have suffered.
If you or your loved one has suffered an injury due to dehydration at a nursing home, please contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with one of the attorneys at The Donahey Law Firm.