Elderly individuals who move into a nursing home expect to get the assistance they need. This includes getting adequate nutrition. While many people focus on the food available at these facilities, it’s also important to consider the residents’ hydration.
Dehydration can occur quickly for some elderly people. They may not even realize that they aren’t getting enough fluids. In some cases, they may drink a lot of fluids but lose even more than they consume.
Dehydrated adults will be extraordinarily thirsty and feel like their mouth is dry. They may not urinate often, but it will be dark and strong-smelling when they do.
Confusion, dizziness and fatigue are also signs of dehydration. These are sometimes mistaken for cognitive changes that can occur as people age. Checking for other signs of dehydration is a priority in these cases.
Nursing homes should be meticulous in monitoring residents for adequate intake of fluids. Some medications that residents take, such as blood pressure medications, can increase the risk of dehydration. Certain conditions, including diabetes can also contribute to dehydration.
Dehydration in elderly individuals can lead to urinary and renal issues, seizures, heat-related conditions and hypovolemic shock. These are all serious conditions for someone who’s elderly. Some nursing home residents will need hospitalization to treat dehydration.
Nursing home residents can suffer serious health problems when they aren’t being cared for properly. Seeking compensation is possible when negligence occurs in a nursing home. Time limits apply for these cases, so be sure to act swiftly if you suffer harm because of negligent care.