If you go visit your elderly loved one in a nursing home and they just don’t seem like themselves, you may assume it’s one side effect of getting older. And that may be true. But you also want to consider whether or not they’re being neglected or ignored, especially if the change is sudden.
For instance, an elderly person may not be able to get their own food and water, and they’ll need assistance. If the nursing home is understaffed or if those who are working just don’t care, they may not offer that assistance when needed. This could mean that your loved one ends up severely dehydrated, a condition that can not only change the way they act, but could lead to serious complications and even death.
What are the symptoms of dehydration?
Many younger people get thirsty without ever being truly dehydrated, so they’re not quite sure what to look for. To help you, here are some of the most common symptoms:
- Having trouble maintaining their balance or doing related tasks, like walking
- Experiencing internal issues like kidney problems or constipation
- Having electrolyte imbalances that may be noted by a medical professional
- Feeling dizzy, tired and confused
In severe cases, dehydration can get so bad that someone can barely function on their own. Physical tasks are beyond them. When they talk, they sound confused or barely there. They may have trouble eating. They may pass out or seem very close to doing so.
It can be concerning to see your loved one like this. You need to know what legal options you have if neglect is the real underlying issue.