People between 85 and 99 years old are approximately six times more likely to require hospitalization for dehydration than younger individuals, as dehydration in the elderly can lead to a number of serious health complications. In addition to contributing to pneumonia, urinary tract infections and other serious infections, dehydration can also increase the risk of brain swelling, seizures, kidney failure, coma and even death. Like malnutrition and bed sores, dehydration can be a telltale sign of neglect and nursing home abuse in elderly individuals, and as a result, it’s crucial that families who have loved ones in nursing homes are aware of the signs of dehydration so that they know when to:
- Seek medical assistance to prevent potentially life-threatening complications from developing.
- Contact the St. Louis nursing home abuse lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law who can investigate possible nursing home abuse being committed against their loved one.
Signs of Dehydration
Some of the symptoms of dehydration can include (but are not limited to):
- Pale lips
- Cracks and sores around the mouth
- Dry, looser skin and thinning hair
- Weight loss
- Disorientation or confusion.
Those who have the greatest risk of dehydration include elderly nursing home patients with physical or mental impairments that prevent them from being able to drink (or remember to drink) sufficient fluids.
When Negligence Causes Dehydration
Some of the specific types of negligence and nursing home abuse that can cause elderly residents to suffer from dehydration include:
- Inadequate staffing that results in some patients who need assistance with consuming fluids being neglected
- Poorly trained staff who do not know how to recognize the signs of dehydration and properly treat them
- Lack of adequate supervision by staff.
St. Louis Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers and Lawsuits
The St. Louis nursing home abuse lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in nursing home abuse cases, catastrophic injury cases, traffic accident cases, workers’ compensation cases, wrongful death cases, defective product and dangerous drug cases and various other areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
If you have noticed that your elderly loved one is dehydrated and suspect that (s)he may be the victim of nursing home abuse, our Missouri and Illinois nursing home abuse lawyers encourage you to email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. We offer free consultations.