Dehydration Can Create a Severe Hardship

Dehydration can rapidly become a grave condition for nursing home residents, resulting in a possible wrongful death lawsuit. Dehydration can lead to life-threatening conditions such as low blood pressure.

Dehydration Side Effects

The following are some adverse side effects linked to dehydration:

  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Tachycardia (a racing heart)

Symptoms of dehydration include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Dry mouth or dry nasal passages or skin
  • Skin tenting on the forehead
  • Dark urine
  • Sunken eyes

Dehydration may occur when a nursing home resident cannot move around easily. The resident may avoid drinking to reduce trips to the bathroom. In other cases, staff members may deliberately withhold liquids to avoid having to change adult diapers or escort a patient to the restroom.