Dehydration and Malnutrition

Others Failure to Care for Your Loved One

Dehydration and malnutrition is the lack of water (liquids) and food (nourishment) to the body. Most of the time our body tells us that we are thirsty or hungry and we drink liquids and eat food to replenish our bodies.  In a nursing home, our loved ones depend upon others to provide this care.

Sadly, many nursing home patients cannot communicate their needs and they rely upon the nursing staff at the nursing home to provide water and food for them. Many nursing homes have the philosophy of “out of sight, out of mind.” They will leave a tray by the patient’s bed and leave and come back a few hours later. If the food has not been eaten they may assume the patient was not hungry. When in fact the patient is being starved and dehydrated because the patient is not able to feed himself/herself. This lack of food and water causes all kinds of problems to the patient, who is already in a weakened state. Hundreds of patients die prematurely in nursing homes each year because of malnutrition and dehydration. Sadly, many people die from dehydration and malnutrition and the cause of death was diagnosed as “old age” symptoms such as heart failure, infections, etc. Symptoms of dehydration is thirst, fatigue, muscle weakness, sunken eyes, lack of urine and tears, headaches, dizziness, and lethargy. Nurses should be able to recognize the symptoms of dehydration. Signs of malnutrition are weight loss, protruding belly, change of skin tone, and weakness. Nurses have the ability to run blood test with a doctor’s permission for additional clinical signs of malnutrition.

If your loved one has suffered from other problems or has died recently for no known reason, they may have died or suffered from dehydrated or malnourished. This condition is the catalyst to cause other life threatening conditions. Please contact us immediately for a free consultation if your loved has died under mysterious circumstances that could be caused from dehydration and malnutrition.