Dehydration Concerns for the Elderly During Summer
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Jul 07, 2015 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights
Summer generally brings a desire to be outside in the sunshine enjoying the fresh air. Unfortunately, it can also bring an increased concern for dehydration for our elderly loved ones.
If your loved one is residing in a nursing home and goes outside during the warm summer months, it is important that the facility take extra care to make sure that your loved one is staying hydrated.
If the facility fails to provide this type of basic need, it may be time to take a second look at the facility and call a nursing home abuse lawyer who can help protect your loved ones rights.
According to Mayo Clinic, older adults are particularly susceptible to dehydration during hot summer months because their body has a reduced ability to conserve water and they are less able to respond to temperature changes.
Adults also lose their sense of being thirsty as they age. Instead, they may feel tired and sluggish and will opt to take a nap rather than eat or drink something. These things can lead to malnutrition and dehydration if not monitored correctly by a nursing home facility.
Some symptoms of dehydration to be aware of include:
- Fatigue or irritability, sluggishness or confusion
- A dry sensation in the mouth
- Inability to urinate, or only producing small volumes of urine
If these mild symptoms of dehydration are left unattended for an extended period of time, more extreme symptoms can develop, such as:
- Sunken eyes
- Low blood pressure
- Extreme thirst
- Rapid breathing and heartbeat
As the summer heats up, make sure to maintain an awareness about your loved ones nutrition and care. If their nursing home does not adjust their care to accommodate the hot temperatures and risks for dehydration, call a nursing home abuse lawyer immediately for legal help.