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Homestead Lack of Water and Food

Water and food are the basics of life and no one in a nursing home or assisted living facility in Homestead or Florida should have to go without these essentials. Unfortunately, each year residents suffer malnutrition, dehydration, health problems, and even fatalities because they are not given the necessities of life.

If you suspect nursing home abuse or negligence, contact Flaxman Law Group to help protect an elderly loved one. Flaxman Law Group attorneys have more than 60 years of trial experience and have dealt with many elder abuse and negligence cases. They can offer you advice about how to protect your family member and can help you launch a legal claim if that is what you decide to do.

Lack of Basics Such as Food Water is Often a Sign of Abuse and Negligence

Food and water are so basic, that many families are stunned to find out that an elderly loved one has not been getting enough. There are many reasons why facilities do not provide adequate food and water for patients and residents:

  • Withholding these items is a form of punishment or abuse by staff members
  • Facilities are understaffed and food and water is not brought to every resident and patient – including those who cannot go to a common dining room to eat
  • Facilities are cutting back on costs and reducing portion sizes and access to food
  • Facilities have policies which ensure that residents and patients cannot get food or water in between mealtimes
  • Residents or patients are overlooked if they are in their room rather than a common dining area
  • Staff do not react adequately if the patient or resident is unable to eat or lacks appetite

Depending on the situation, withholding food and water can be seen as either a form of abuse or neglect. In either case, it may be possible to launch a legal claim against the facility if they are neglectful in providing adequate necessities of life to a resident or patient.

Is Your Family at Risk?

If you suspect that an elderly loved one is not getting enough food or water, you may notice signs such as weakness, weight loss, loss of consciousness, hunger or thirst, lethargy, and other symptoms. If you see signs that a loved one is not getting enough fluids or nutrition, is important to get answers and to ask for an investigation from the facility. If you are not satisfied with the response or if signs of abuse or negligence are covered, you will want to consult with a personal injury attorney in Homestead or your community in order to find out what can be done to safeguard your family member.

If you would like someone to listen to your story and to give you honest, professional legal advice, contact Flaxman Law Group today. There will be no pressure for you to retain the services of Flaxman Law Group, although if you do decide to work with the Flaxman Law Group our attorneys will do everything possible to build the strongest possible case for you and to pursue compensation through any possible means so that you and your family are protected. There is no cost associated with your free appointment, so you risk nothing.