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Senior Malnutrition Caused by Nursing Home Negligence

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Attorneys who Care about our Senior Adults

Nursing homes and other care facilities are responsible for the health and well-being of their residents. When a resident is not being properly monitored, he or she may become malnourished or dehydrated. These situations can lead to serious, permanent injuries and conditions, as well as death. If you believe a loved one may be malnourished or dehydrated, turn to an experienced nursing home neglect and abuse lawyer.

At the law offices of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, our attorneys are aggressive in their defense of nursing home residents and their loved ones. We strive to help individuals and families take action when malnutrition, dehydration or other abuse or neglect is suspected. Our firm takes these cases very seriously, holding the nursing home accountable for their actions or lack of action in order to protect the resident. Contact us today to further discuss your concerns about your loved one’s nursing home care.

There are a number of New York Public Health laws that apply to nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult group homes. Our firm is familiar with these laws and how any violations of these laws may be used to your advantage in cases where an elderly or incapacitated individual has become malnourished or dehydrated.

Proper Monitoring of Nursing Home Residents in New York

It is essential that nursing homes continuously monitor patients to ensure that steps can be taken to correct any issues with eating or drinking. Patients need to be well fed and constantly hydrated, especially if they have other health conditions that may contribute to forgetting to eat or drink water.

If a resident is not eating his or her food or is not taking in the necessary fluids, the reasons must be thoroughly investigated and assessed, with a plan of action being structured in order to right the situation. In some situations, IV fluids must be given or a feeding tube must be placed to protect the resident. If the situation is not quickly addressed, the resident may become dangerously malnourished and dehydrated.

Signs of Possible Malnutrition and Dehydration

Though it can be difficult to see the effects of dehydration and malnutrition, there are some signs and symptoms that family members often observe that can indicate a problem, such as:

  • Dry skin
  • Cracked lips
  • Sunken eyes
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Bedsores

Contact an Experienced Nursing Home Malnutrition Lawyer Today

Let us help you protect the health and safety of your loved one in a nursing home. Contact us for a free personal injury consultation by phone or schedule a confidential in-person meeting with an attorney at one of our four convenient offices in Albany, Latham, Troy, or Saratoga Springs, NY. Flexible appointments, including evenings and weekends, are available upon request.