Dehydration

Peoria Nursing Home Dehydration Attorney

Peoria Lawyer for Nursing Home Dehydration Claims and Lawsuits

Proper hydration is essential for anyone, regardless of their age or health condition. Dehydration can cause a variety of serious health issues, and for those who are elderly or in infirm health, it can be life-threatening. Dehydration can be a significant concern for nursing home residents, and it may occur because of neglect by staff members who fail to provide adequate hydration for patients. Families who suspect that a loved one suffered dehydration-related injuries due to nursing home negligence may need to explore their options for holding a facility responsible for failing to provide the proper care.

The team at Nursing Home Injury Center provides effective legal guidance and representation for families who have been affected by nursing home neglect. We can help family members understand how to show that a nursing home was negligent, and we can ensure that a nursing home resident will be able to receive the ongoing care and treatment they need. Our goal is to help families achieve justice in these situations while also addressing safety issues and protecting the residents of a facility against neglect or other issues that could cause them to suffer harm.

How Can Dehydration Affect Nursing Home Patients?

Nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable to dehydration, and the effects of this condition can be severe. Elderly patients may suffer from chronic conditions that make them more susceptible to dehydration, such as diabetes or kidney failure. Certain types of medications may also increase the risks of dehydration, and additional liquids may need to be provided to patients to minimize the potential health effects they may experience.

If nursing home staff members do not take care to ensure that patients get enough fluids throughout the day, or if they do not pay attention to any extraordinary needs based on medications or health issues, a person may suffer serious harm due to dehydration. These issues may occur because of staffing problems at a nursing home, and staff members who need to care for large numbers of patients may not have enough time to ensure that the needs of all patients are met. In other cases, staff members may not be provided with adequate training to ensure that they can assess patients’ needs, provide the proper care, or recognize and respond to signs of dehydration.

An elderly nursing home resident who experiences dehydration may be affected in multiple ways, including:

  • Muscle weakness and fatigue
  • Headache, lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • Difficulty concentrating, confusion, or disorientation
  • Dry mouth, nose, skin, and eyes
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke
  • Infrequent urination
  • Loss of appetite, potentially leading to malnutrition
  • Loss of consciousness

Dehydration may exacerbate a person’s existing health conditions, such as diabetes, leading to complications that could affect their overall well-being. The issues described above may also make a person more likely to suffer injuries in falls, which could lead to additional health concerns. In some cases, severe dehydration may even lead to a person’s wrongful death.

Get Help With Injuries Related to Nursing Home Dehydration

If you suspect that a loved one who lives in a nursing home has experienced dehydration or other issues due to neglect, contact Nursing Home Injury Center for legal help. We can advise you of your rights and options, and we will work with you to seek justice on your loved one’s behalf. We can help uncover evidence showing that nursing home negligence was responsible for dehydration and related injuries or illnesses, and we will work to hold a nursing home responsible for failing to protect your loved one’s health and safety. We can also help you take steps to make sure your loved one receives the proper care going forward while ensuring that other patients will be protected from harm. Call our office at 309-524-6900 to schedule a complimentary consultation today.

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