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Dehydration in Nursing Homes

Florida Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Protecting Elderly and Disabled Patients

When a loved one can no longer live independently and care for him or herself, family members must make difficult decisions as to how and where their loved one will be looked after. While many people in Florida and across the nation turn to nursing homes and assisted living or other long-term care facilities, it can be tough to find the right place for your loved one. There is a lot to consider when you are placing a parent, grandparent or another family member in the care of someone else. You want to be sure that the facility offers a clean and safe environment and that the staff will give your loved one the comfort, care and support needed to live the best life possible. Unfortunately, it is a sad reality today that many nursing home residents do not receive proper care and attention and are even the victims of nursing home abuse.   

Resident abuse and neglect can take many forms, with dehydration being one of the most common types of abuse associated with nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Like malnutrition, dehydration is a real problem among elderly and disabled residents that can lead to serious complications and even death, particularly the dehydration is frequent or chronic. If a loved one has been harmed by dehydration complications that you suspect were due to abuse or neglect, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Florida Law Group. The Florida nursing home abuse lawyers at our firm will carefully review the situation and assist you through every step of the case. Nursing home abuse and neglect is a serious problem, and we take aggressive action to protect residents and to hold long-term care facilities accountable for their improper conduct.

Symptoms of Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when your body does not receive as much fluid as it needs. When you don’t take in enough of water, your body cannot function properly and can cause a variety of noticeable physical changes. Symptoms of dehydration can range from mild to life-threatening and can include:

  • Thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry skin
  • Headaches
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness or sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Change in urine color (dark yellow)
  • Reduced urine output
  • Rapid heartbeat/rapid breathing
  • Fainting

When dehydration is severe, a nursing home resident can experience organ failure, coma and other very serious complications. If dehydration remains treated for too long, the resident will eventually suffer death.  

Suspect, That Your Loved One Did Not Receive Proper Hydration in Nursing Facility? We Can Help

If you believe that a loved one was harmed because a nursing home failed to ensure proper hydration, The Florida Law Group can help. Our firm offers free consultations where we will review your case and discuss the legal options appropriate for your situation. We understand just how emotionally draining and devastating these types of cases can be, and we will do everything we can to help you receive the justice and compensation that you and your loved ones deserve.  Call our law offices today at 833-352-5297 to speak with our Florida nursing home abuse lawyers.