Dehydration in Nursing Homes
Dehydration is caused by losing more bodily fluids through urination and sweat than a person takes in by drinking and eating. The elderly, people with chronic illnesses and children are most at risk for dehydration.
Dehydration is a problem in nursing homes where residents suffer from medical problems and staff members neglect the patients for whom they are charged with caring. In addition to causing discomfort, dehydration can upset bodily functions, including blood pressure, oxygen levels and kidney function.
It can lead to coma or death, if not treated.