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Dehydration in Charleston Nursing Home

Dehydration lawsuits in WV

The Inhumanity of Withholding Fluids

If you have suffered dehydration because of nursing home neglect, you can rely upon a West Virginia nursing home abuse lawyer at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC to help you succeed in your claim for damages.

The inhumanity of withholding water and fluids from and resident, either deliberately or through carelessness cannot be tolerated. If someone you care about has been neglected or purposely abused talk to a compassionate nursing home abuse lawyer and find out what can be done to help.

Abuse & Neglect in West Virginia Nursing Homes

It is a well known fact that the human body is largely composed of water. To a large degree good health depends upon drinking water several times a day as the body uses water to flush out toxins, and organs use water to produce fluids vital to maintaining good circulation, efficient digestion and keep a body running at an optimum level. An older person stores less water than a young person. As a body ages it simply dries out and the sensation of thirst lessens so the desire to drink is reduced. This means that an older person can become dehydrated quite quickly. Experienced caregivers know they must ensure that people in their charge take in plenty of fluids each day. When a facility is understaffed or the staff is not well trained this can be overlooked. Symptoms of dehydration include

  • Dry skin
  • Pallor
  • Low blood pressure
  • Bed sores (pressure sores)
  • Mental confusion
  • Cracked lips
  • Kidney failure

Most families are not able to provide round the clock care for a sick or elderly family member for an extended period of time. When this is necessary they have to rely upon a nursing home to provide professional 24 hour a day care that is needed. Sadly, the care and attention an assisted living resident receives may not live up to what was promised. Nursing home residents often suffer from malnutrition and dehydration. When visiting a nursing home resident it is important to be alert to signs of neglect and nursing home abuse. Contact us for more information.