Those in the Albuquerque area who have an older relative understand the stress that can ensue when their loved one needs more care. There are many area skilled nursing facilities that specialize in helping older people who need help with day-to-day living. These residents deserve the best care possible, but occasionally neglect occurs and a tragic situation can occur with a resident. One thing a family should keep an eye on with their loved one is malnutrition and dehydration.

People who live in nursing homes have a higher risk of suffering from neglect while in someone else’s care. One area of neglect that a person may receive is in regards to malnutrition or dehydration. There are several signs that a person may be suffering from malnutrition. These can include unexpected weight loss, dull eyes, confusion, thinning hair, pale skin, swollen lips, and poor skin elasticity. Signs that an elderly person may be dehydrated can include dark yellow urine, decreased urine output, cold and clammy skin or unusually dry skin, dry mouth, lightheadedness, loss of consciousness, severe vomiting, and a weak and rapid pulse.

No one expects their loved one is going to be the victim of abuse when they are in a skilled nursing facility. But often these residences are understaffed, and residents don’t receive the care they need. If a family believes that their loved one is a victim of neglect, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in nursing home abuse. An attorney can help the family get the answers they need and the justice they deserve. They can hold a skilled nursing facility accountable for their mistake and a family may receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Dehydration and malnutrition are serious ailments in older people. They can make a person very sick and can even lead to their death. Elderly people do not deserve to be neglected and facilities that engage in that behavior should be held accountable.