Dehydration is an excessive loss of water which disrupts the body’s normal functions. It occurs when an individual loses more fluids than he or she takes in. When an elderly person becomes dehydrated, a number of symptoms and growing health concerns are likely to follow. If dehydration is chronic, health complications are likely to become severe or life-threatening and can even lead to swelling in the brain, seizures, kidney failure and coma or death.
Dehydration is among the most common forms of elder abuse and neglect associated with assisted living facilities. Symptoms can include a dry and sticky mouth, thirst, dry skin and decreased urination and urine output. Severe symptoms can evolve into confusion and irritability, lack of sweating, sunken eyes, low blood pressure, rapid breathing and unconsciousness or delirium
If your loved one has suffered from dehydration due to caregiver neglect, contact Keosian Berberian LLP.