Malnutrition and dehydration in the elderly population is often misdiagnosed and underreported; it is estimated that between 5 and 10 percent of nursing home residents are malnourished. This number is much greater in long-term care facilities for ill patients. Early warning signs and symptoms of malnutrition and dehydration include fever, irritability, confusion, dizziness, constipation, low urine output, sunken eyes, weight loss, swollen gums and tooth decay.
When elderly individuals fail to receive the proper amount of daily calories, water and nutrients, numerous serious medical conditions and catastrophic injuries can develop, including:
•Muscle weakness leading to falls
•Liver and kidney failure
•Heart weakness and failure
•Compromised immune systems and increased risks of infection
•Decreased lung capacity
•Intestinal problems and disorders, including distended abdomens
The staff at a nursing home may simply believe the person’s age or frailty may be causing the symptoms that are in fact due to malnutrition or dehydration and are treatable. If left undiagnosed, these medical conditions may lead to permanent disability and wrongful death.
At the law offices of John Foy and Associates, we take the abuse of the vulnerable and elderly very seriously. We will do what it takes to get the compensation and justice you or your loved one deserve. We will go after the nursing home, insurance company, or anyone involved in a nursing home abuse or neglect case. Please do not wait and call the law offices of John Foy & Associates today at 404-400-4000.