Elderly residents deserve the highest level of care and quality of life from a nursing facility. Seniors should be revered, not treated as second-class citizens. Unfortunately, several factors including poor staffing, lax supervision and carelessness can all lead to malnutrition, dehydration and other types of neglect.
At Adams Law Firm, P.C., our Rockland County nursing home lawyers are committed to advocating for individuals who have suffered abuse or neglect that has led to malnutrition or dehydration. We understand the harsh reality that residents are at the mercy of their facility and their caregivers. We are committed to protecting the rights of nursing home abuse and neglect victims and the families of wrongful death victims.
We understand the important role that a proper diet plays in day-to-day living. Proper nutrition and appropriate fluids are the building blocks of healthy living. Without the right diet, serious and unfortunate consequences may arise.
If you suspect your loved one is suffering from malnutrition or dehydration, our attorneys can evaluate the situation. We can determine if personnel failed to recognize, monitor or adjust your loved one’s diet. We can pursue suitable resolutions to cases involving:
An alarming number of nursing home residents suffer from malnutrition and dehydration, despite the availability of food and liquids at their residences. Malnutrition can be caused by an insufficient or poorly balanced diet or by digestive problems that prevent the absorption of nutrients. A study by Rudman and Feller estimates 50 to 85 percent of American nursing home patients are malnourished because they do not get enough calories or protein in their diets. Dehydration is the rapid loss of weight due to illnesses such as diarrhea, medication side effects or inadequate fluid intake.
Dehydration increases the risk of bedsores, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, decreased wound healing, confusion and disorientation, serious electrolyte disorders and death.
Providing a meal doesn’t mean a resident receives adequate nutrition. Many residents are physically or cognitively impaired and cannot feed themselves. Some must be encouraged to eat; others must be fed by a staff member. Understaffing in nursing homes is a major contributor to malnutrition and dehydration.
According to a study by the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, one certified nursing assistant (CNA) should be available during mealtimes to assist two to three residents who need help eating and drinking.
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