Any experience with making a formal complaint to the Ombudsman while the patient still lives at the facility? My loved one was bedridden on a feeding tube and was suddenly sent to the hospital for severe dehydration. The doctors at the hospital said he couldn't have been getting his flushes of about 8 ounces every 4 hours because he was down roughly 7 liters of fluid. His bloodwork showed an imbalance in his sodium. The nursing home adamantly insists he has been given excellent care and received all his feedings and water as directed. The hospital refused to address the issue with the nursing home and sent him back there. I tried to get him sent elsewhere but no one would take him. The dehydration was caught from a routine blood test. He was also lethargic. The doctors said if it went any longer his brain would have swollen. Does anyone know any medical reason that could cause severe dehydration? I'm afraid this is going to happen again and next time the outcome could be brain swelling and death. Also I am afraid that if I report them they might refuse to take him back next time he goes to the hospital for any reason. They could also retaliate with giving him less care. I can't sleep nights worrying.