Neglect and abuse in Arkansas nursing homes and assisted living facilities often stem from the fact that these are profit-making institutions. The objective of the corporation is to make a profit, whereas the needs of residents are much more personal. Seeing to it that residents consume a well-balanced diet and drink sufficient quantities of liquids is a fundamental function of a well-run nursing home. Malnutrition and dehydration in nursing homes are nearly always signs that neglect or abuse has taken place.
Nurses typically oversee medication delivery and other critical care matters, but low-wage caregivers provide day-to-day, hands-on care, including assistance with meals and monitoring of water intake. These caregivers are often underpaid, working long hours in sometimes stressful conditions. Their roles are understaffed, leaving them without the time they would like to give to each resident.
Quality of caregivers may be questionable. They often migrate from one long-term care facility to another. New employers often do not do adequate background checks and fail to screen for underlying care deficiencies. Frequent staff turnover may mean that supervisors do not notice when caregivers fail to watch out well for residents' well-being — including making sure that their nutrition and hydration are maintained at healthy levels.
Appetites and morale may wane as residents are given increased amounts of medication to calm anxiety and depression triggered by their debility, decline and sense of helplessness and hopelessness. Many need encouragement and assistance at every mealtime to get enough to eat and drink. When staffing levels are inadequate, it is all too easy for individual residents to fall between the cracks.
Did you discover, too late, that your loved one in an Arkansas nursing home was malnourished and dehydrated? Talk to a nursing home abuse attorney at Odom Law Firm. If we investigate, we will likely evaluate internal documents, review staffing protocols and confirm whether the care facility is complying with laws and regulations such as Medicare filing requirements.
Odom Law Firm is not one of those law firms that take on as many cases as possible and urge clients to accept quick settlements regardless of whether they are reasonable. We are selective about the cases we accept. If we represent you in a dehydration nursing home neglect case, you will know that we are giving your case the attention it deserves.
If we discover that an Arkansas nursing home was negligent in the care of your loved one who become malnourished or dehydrated while living there, we can bring an injury claim or lawsuit on his or her behalf — or on your behalf if your family member has passed away.
To determine whether you have a valid nursing home neglect injury claim, contact us online or call our office locally at 479-935-8425 or toll free at 866-935-2070. Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers.
Our nursing home abuse cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing unless you recover compensation.