When we place a loved one in the care of a nursing home, we expect their needs to be taken care of. When the elderly resident's most basic needs — food and water — are neglected, it is a tragic betrayal of trust. If your loved one has suffered in a nursing home due to malnutrition or dehydration, it is important to consult with an experienced nursing home negligence lawyer.
At DeLuca & Weizenbaum, we have significant experience handling nursing home negligence cases involving malnutrition, dehydration and other preventable injuries. Our attorneys are dedicated to protecting our clients' rights and making nursing homes safer for every resident.
Contact us today online or by telephone at 888-876-9415 to speak with an experienced Rhode Island nursing home malnutrition attorney.
Nursing Home Malnutrition
Federal and state regulations mandate that nursing homes provide adequate nutrition to their residents, including ample vitamins, minerals, protein and calories. When nursing homes fail to fulfill this obligation, residents can suffer serious medical conditions such as infections, cognitive disorders and bedsores. Advanced cases can even result in wrongful death.
A number of factors may contribute to malnutrition in nursing homes, including residents not being able to feed themselves. Nursing home staff members must be adequately trained to understand the dietary needs of elderly residents and how to provide adequate nutrition even when the resident is not able to cooperate in his or her own feeding.
Nursing Home Dehydration
We take for granted that when we are thirsty, we get a sip of water. However, it is not so easy for many nursing home residents. Many elderly people are unable to express their needs and lack of mobility leaves them unable to properly hydrate themselves. This is why it is crucial for nursing home staff members to routinely provide water to all residents.
Proper hydration is necessary to keep all organs functioning properly. When nursing home residents do not get enough water, they can suffer from pneumonia, urinary tract infections, confusion, bedsores and dangerous electrolyte imbalances. It is the responsibility of the nursing home to provide adequate hydration and to train staff members to recognize and treat the signs of dehydration.
Contact Our Providence Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys
Contact us online or by telephone at 888-876-9415 to speak with an experienced Rhode Island nursing home negligence attorney. Our offices are conveniently located right off Interstate 95 in Providence with ample parking available. We are available to schedule evening and weekend appointments if necessary, and we can travel to your home or hospital if you cannot come to our office due to your injuries.