Recognizing Nursing Home Malnutrtion / Dehydration

As a result of nursing home neglect, dehydration and malnutrition are often found together.  Every individual needs a certain amount of fluid and nutrition to maintain their health and their life.  Our elderly are no different, and many nursing home injuries are caused by negligent care resulting in dehydration or malnutrition.

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Failure to provide the necessary food and water for resident to maintain their health is no better then allowing a violent nursing home employee to assault the resident.


It is important that family members watch for and recognize early symptoms of dehydration and malnutrition in a nursing home, which could include:

  • sudden weight loss
  • confusion and disorientation
  • sores in the mouth and cracks around the lips
  • dry skin
  • sunken eyes

Dehydration and malnutrition can lead to serious medical problems or even death.  Some of the injuries which may result from malnutrition or dehydration include:

  • Fractures from falls as a result of generalized weakness
  • Bed sores resulting from insufficient energy to reposition themselves
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Infections
  • Anemia
  • Death

>>INFORMATION: Dehydration / Malnutrition Lawsuits

Often dehydration and malnutrition are seen together with signs of other forms of nursing home neglect or abuse.  It is not uncommon to see that a resident deprived of the necessary nutritional elements is also neglected in other ways.  For example, there may be signs of bed sores as a result of allowing the resident to remain in one position or with soiled adult diapers for extended periods of time.  There may also be signs of physical abuse or restraint injuries.


If you suspect that a friend or loved one has suffered from malnutrition or dehydration in a nursing home, request a free consultation and legal claim evaluation to determine if they may have a claim.  The nursing home attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. have experience reviewing complex injury claims and will evaluate the circumstances surrounding the nursing home treatment to determine if your loved one and family may be entitled to compensation.

There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.  However, every claim has a deadline, so it is important that you review any potential claim with a qualified nursing home neglect lawyer as soon as possible.