Malnutrition and Dehydration
Dehydration and malnutrition in nursing homes and other elder care facilities are often the result of negligence. It is the responsibility of nursing home staff to provide adequate food and liquid to their residents. If your loved one has lost, or gained, a significant amount of weight while in the care of a nursing home, it may be a sign of inadequate nutrition or hydration.
For more information about how you can protect your loved one, we encourage you to contact an attorney at the Cambridge law firm of Gregg, Hunt, Ahern & Embry. Our lawyers vigorously pursue compensation on behalf of people injured by nursing home neglect and abuse.Middlesex County Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Nursing home staff and administrators have a legal responsibility to exercise reasonable care for the safety and welfare of their residents and others who come onto the property. Part of this is the duty involves providing adequate food and water to their residents in order to avoid malnutrition and dehydration.
In most cases, proper nutrition and hydration involves making a food plan and dietary schedule to meet the individual needs of each nursing home patient. This includes taking into account any types of physical or mental health issues that the patient may have, as well as any dietary needs of that patient. The failure to attend to those needs can be considered negligence or misconduct.
Dehydration and malnutrition are serious matters that can result in severe damage to a nursing home resident, as well as death in the worst cases.
If you or a family member has been injured as a result of nursing home negligence of any kind, you have rights. Contact us at the Massachusetts law firm of Gregg, Hunt, Ahern & Embry to schedule a free initial consultation. Call 617-494-1920 to make an appointment.