Malnutrition & Dehydration

Billings Nursing Home Malnutrition Attorneys

Malnutrition and Dehydration in Nursing Homes

Elderly individuals should never suffer from lack of food or water while living in a nursing home. These places are specifically meant to care for seniors and should always attend to their basic needs at minimum. Unfortunately, malnutrition and dehydration are far too common in long-term care facilities throughout the United States, including in Montana.

If your loved one has shown signs of malnutrition or dehydration while in the care of a nursing home, it’s important that you take swift action and report the abuse or neglect immediately. If necessary, you may wish to remove your loved one from the home to ensure his or her safety and well-being. And, as soon as possible, we encourage you to reach out to an experienced attorney, like those at Edwards & Culver, to discuss your legal rights. Your loved one and/or your family may be entitled to financial compensation.

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Signs of Malnutrition and Dehydration

Because nursing home residents are not always able to speak up for themselves, it’s important that their loved ones are capable of recognizing symptoms of neglect. If you notice that your loved one is not looking well or appears malnourished, check for other signs of malnutrition or dehydration right away.

Common Signs of Malnutrition in Nursing Homes

Some of the most common signs of malnutrition include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Increased fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Inability to focus
  • Lethargy
  • “Thin” or cold-feeling skin
  • Hair loss
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Poor oral health
  • Increased frequency/ duration of illnesses
  • Changes in mood, including increased irritability
  • Problems with memory/cognitive functioning

Common Signs of Dehydration in Nursing Homes

Warning signs of dehydration include:

  • Decreased urination
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Dry skin
  • Lack of energy
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Fatigue
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Rapid heart rate/breathing

Both malnutrition and dehydration can be life-threatening. If you notice any of these or other warning signs, seek medical attention on your loved one’s behalf right away.

Malnutrition and Dehydration Are a Sign of Neglect

If your loved one is suffering from or fell victim to malnutrition or dehydration while living in a nursing home or long-term care facility, you may have grounds for a nursing home abuse or neglect claim. Our firm can help you determine who is at fault for your loved one’s suffering and work to build a case that clearly establishes liability.

We have a proven track record of success, having recovered nearly $160 million for our clients in the past decade alone. We understand the complexities involved in these types of cases, and our Billings nursing home abuse attorneys are prepared to fight tirelessly for justice and a fair recovery for you, your loved one, and your family. We offer complimentary case evaluations, as well as contingency fees. You owe absolutely nothing unless/until we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.

Call Edwards & Culver at (406) 215-4735 now to get started with your free consultation today.


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