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Dehydration in Nursing Home Patients

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Many nursing home residents live there because they need help with daily tasks or have medical needs that must be addressed by a professional. Drinking water is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle for anyone, but fluids are especially crucial for the elderly. Medical conditions can contribute to dehydration, and drinking fluids helps the body fight infection and overcome illness more effectively. Unless caregivers provide proper hydration and watch for signs of dehydration, a nursing home resident is susceptible to a multitude of serious health issues including kidney failure, coma or death..

At Obenshain Law Group, we focus our practice on advocating for the victims of neglect and mistreatment in nursing homes. If your loved one is not receiving proper attention in a care facility and is being harmed by the actions of careless staff, contact us to schedule a free case evaluation.

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Symptoms of Dehydration

Dehydration is more than just feeling thirsty — without proper hydration, an elderly person can experience an assortment of health complications. Indeed, as we age, our sense of thirst diminishes. As a result, it is especially important for nursing home staff to be vigilent in ensuring proper hydration of residents and to watch out for symptoms of dehydration. Without training, symptoms of dehydration in the elderly may go unrecognized because many of the earliest signs, like dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness and muscle cramps, are nonspecific and could be easily attributed to other medical conditions, medications or natural effects of aging. In severe cases, dehydration can aggravate medical conditions or lead to death. Here are some of the symptoms that may indicate dehydration:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dry skin
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Infrequent urination
  • Unconsciousness
  • Rapid breathing
  • Low blood pressure
  • Sunken eyes

Contact Us for Effective Representation

Discovering that the people you and your elderly family member relied on to provide them with attentive, specialized care is a jarring and emotional experience. When someone harms your loved ones, you demand justice — and Obenshain Law Group is here to provide it. Our nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers in Virginia fight for the victims of understaffed, unhygienic, neglectful facilities, and help them and their families recover the compensation they deserve.

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