Nursing Home Malnutrition and Dehydration Attorney – New Jersey
Dehydration and Malnutrition
Providing nursing home residents with enough food and water is the nursing home’s most basic duty. Good nursing practice demands it, and it is required by federal and NJ state law. Simply providing nursing home residents with food and water is not sufficient. The staff must also make sure the food is nutritious and served in a form the resident’s body can intake, whether the food be solid, soft, or puree. Nursing home nurses and aides must make sure your family member or loved one eats and drinks enough daily. When nursing home staff do not meet this duty, sickness and death can quickly follow for the resident.
Sugarman Law Stands Up to Nursing Homes for Dehydrated and Malnourished Residents
Too often nursing home residents do not receive enough food and water to meet their body’s needs. Of course, adequate amounts of fluid and food are necessary to prevent injuries and sustain life. Dehydration and malnutrition can cause weight loss, pressure ulcers, and even acute renal failure, which causes the kidneys begin shutting down.
Through investigation and litigation, we find out the whether or not the nursing home paid attention to the resident’s eating and drinking habits, and whether they could swallow or eat solid food. We often find out that the resident went days without enough food and water and suffered because of it. Nursing home dehydration and malnutrition deaths are unacceptable, and the only way to provoke change is to hold the negligent nursing homes accountable and make them pay for their mistakes.
Why Dehydration and Malnutrition Should Not Happen
Dehydration, malnutrition, and related injuries can be avoided if the nursing home staff pays attention to the amount of food and water its residents take in each day. Nursing homes can prevent malnutrition and dehydration by providing residents diets with adequate protein and calories, tailored to each resident’s individual needs.
Signs of dehydration
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Reduced urination
- Discolored urine (dark yellow or brown)
- Loss of consciousness
Signs of malnutrition
- Unexplained weight loss
- Pale skin
- Sunken/dull eyes
- Poor skin condition
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Has your mother, father, family member or friend been injured by dehydration, malnutrition or other nursing home neglect or abuse? Please fill out the contact form or call Barry Sugarman and the nursing home litigation team at Sugarman Law at 732-877-1975. Sugarman Law obtains compensation for those who suffer injuries and death from nursing home neglect and abuse.
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