Dehydration and Inadequate Fluids

A face of an elderly woman

Published on September 5, 2016

Far too many nursing home residents become dehydrated because they are not given sufficient fluids. Symptoms of dehydration include dizziness, confusion, constipation, fever, decreased urine output, and skin problems. Severe dehydration can lead to serious illness and death.

Nursing homes must provide each resident with sufficient fluids to maintain proper hydration and health. If a resident requires help drinking or reminders to drink more fluids, then the nursing home must provide such prompts. Watch for dehydration and infections as classic symptom of neglect by understaffed or under-motivated facilities.