No One Should Go Hungry in a Nursing Home
Illness or Death from Malnourishment or Dehydration
Many nursing home residents do not get proper nourishment because they can’t or won’t eat. By law it is the nursing home staff’s responsibility to monitor each resident’s food and liquid intake, and to document the same.
If you suspect that your loved one’s deterioration, sudden illness or death is due to malnutrition or dehydration (lack of fluids), contact Rhodes Law Firm, LLC in Cheyenne
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Our experienced lawyer, Diana Rhodes, has 20 years of experience in nursing home negligence litigation. We take cases throughout Wyoming and northern Colorado. Contact us immediately to investigate and take action.
No Excuse for Dehydration or Malnutrition
Each resident must be monitored for proper nourishment, and for adequate fluid intake. When a resident has a weight loss, the nursing home should investigate to find out the cause. Why has a resident stopped eating or drinking?
- They are frail and need help eating.
- They need their food to be chopped up or less dry.
- Their special diet is ignored.
- They are having difficulty swallowing.
- The food is too salty or otherwise unappetizing.
- An underlying medical condition has not been diagnosed.
Malnutrition can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications: skin disorders and bed sores, weight loss, depression, or weakness that causes falling injuries. Dehydration, without intervention, can cause organs to shut down.
I Learned to Be an Advocate
When my mother entered a nursing home, I learned to be her advocate to be certain she was getting proper care, nutrition, and support. No matter how dedicated the staff was, with frequent understaffing issues, residents’ needs were often unmet. I learned to never be hesitant to ask questions and to demand answers, and I learned to never assume anything about what the nurses or physicians knew. I learned that even properly trained nursing staff fail to see obvious problems. Only by becoming her strong advocate, with frequent questions and always demanding answers, is my mother able to receive the care she needs and deserves.
I bring that same assertiveness and knowledge to your nursing home negligence case. Our loved ones deserve so much better. — Diana Rhodes, Attorney at Law
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There is always a reason when a person stops eating or isn’t getting nutrients. Rhodes Law Firm will investigate and assist you in finding answers to these questions. Call us toll free anywhere in Wyoming or Colorado at 866-417-5938.