A study entitled Malnutrition and Dehydration in Nursing Homes: Key Issues in Prevention and Treatment underscored the frequency of dehydration and malnutrition in nursing homes across the country. According to the researchers, 85% of residents living in more than 17,000 long term care homes in the U.S. are not getting the nourishment and the hydration they need. Because malnutrition and dehydration aggravate existing medical conditions, vulnerable elderly residents become more prone to other serious illnesses and sometimes even death.
One of the reasons why an elderly resident in a nursing home does not get the nutrition he or she needs is because of the long term care home’s lack of experienced staff to assist residents with eating and drinking. Because vulnerable residents are oftentimes disabled or cognitively impaired, they need assistance performing daily life activities such as eating and drinking.
The negligence of a nursing home staff in looking after a resident’s well-being increases the resident’s risk of serious physical and medical harm. If you believe your loved one has been hurt because of a nursing home’s failure to fulfill its obligations of care, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you explore the possibility of filing a legal action. Call our Milwaukee office at (414) 271-0900 today.