Nursing Home Dehydration Lawyers in New York
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It takes very little for an elderly individual to become dehydrated, especially when living in a nursing home or assisted care facility. Simply going without water for seemingly short periods, staying in warm rooms for extended time, or even experiencing increases in body temperature can quickly result in dehydration. With this in mind, nursing home care providers need to take extra caution when monitoring the hydration levels of their residents. It is their responsibility to ensure all individuals receive adequate fluids and do not suffer the risk of dehydration.
If you believe your elderly loved one is suffering from dehydration, call our New York nursing home abuse lawyers at Flanzig & Flanzig, LLP today at (866) 352-6944. We proudly serve clients throughout the five boroughs.
Symptoms of Dehydration
Often, family members won’t bear witness to their loved ones being denied access to water. It’s important to look out for the signs of dehydration when spending time with your loved ones who are in nursing homes so you know when to act.
Typical symptoms of dehydration in the elderly include:
- Having dry, papery skin
- Having a decrease in urine output and frequency of urination
- Having a dry and sticky mouth
- Confusion and irritability
- Low blood pressure
- Inability to sweat
- Fast breathing rate
Elderly individuals who are severely dehydrated and experiencing complications can suffer from seizures, kidney failure, and comas. It’s important to seek medical attention for your loved ones immediately if you feel that neglect is taking place.
Why Hydration Is Extremely Important
It is important, especially with the elderly, to maintain proper levels of fluid in the body. Even just a 10% reduction of fluids in an elderly person can pose a serious risk of harm. If there is a 20% reduction of fluids, it may lead to death in serious cases.
Unfortunately, dehydration has become a serious problem at nursing homes and similar facilities. There are far too many stories of family members visiting nursing home residents, only to see pitchers completely void of water or far out of reach for their loved ones. Furthermore, there are countless cases where elderly residents have been left in excessively warm or humid rooms for extended periods of time, greatly increasing the risk of dehydration. These are all concerning signs that an elderly loved one may be in danger of dehydration due to nursing home neglect.
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As experienced nursing home attorneys, we can immediately get to work bringing justice to your case. Our firm understands how overwhelming and trying this time can be. We are here to advocate on your behalf and provide the support you need.
Do not hesitate to get the reliable and seasoned representation you need during this time. We care about our clients and go above and beyond to secure positive outcomes. We know how frustrating it can be to see a loved one suffer, especially in an environment where they are supposed to be cared for. That is why our legal assistance is just a phone call away.
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