Malnutrition and Dehydration Nursing Home Abuse – Can I Claim?
A worryingly common type of nursing home abuse claim relates to situations where Malnutrition and dehydration has been suffered by the patient or resident.
When the resident or patient is malnourished or dehydrated it can not only slow down healing if they are unwell but it can also mean that any existing health care problems are exacerbated.
In extreme cases this can lead to the death of the person affected.
Who are the most At Risk?
The patients who are most at risk are those with special dietary and nutritional needs or requirements. Residential care and nursing homes can often not be geared up to provide such personal special care and therefore patients who are not properly monitored can suffer a gradual but significant decline. This is entirely avoidable and is negligent of the care or nursing home if they do not do sufficient to ensure that the systems and staff are in place to avoid malnutrition and dehydration. Simple steps such as ensuring that food is available to patients and residents able and willing to feed themselves can make all the difference.
What to Look Out For?
Under-nutrition and dehydration can lead to a variety of infections which are classically and commonly urinary tract infections or (in some cases) can be as serious as pneumonia.
The patients in these situations become weaker, more tired and generally exhibit signs of chronic fatigue.
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