Many families have no other choice than to place a loved one in a Sheltered Care Home to ensure that they receive the highest level of hygiene assistance and nursing care. Many residents suffer from Alzheimer’s and other dementia-associated diseases that require ongoing supervision. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent residents of Illinois long-term care centers like Arden Courts of Glen Ellyn who have been neglected, abused and mistreated.
Arden Courts of Glen Ellyn
This Nursing Center is a ‘for profit’ facility providing services and cares to residents of Glen Ellyn and DuPage County, Illinois. The 60-certified-bed Sheltered Care Home is located at:
2 S. 706 Park Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
The facility provides specialized care to individuals suffering from all types of dementia including Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body, Parkinson’s, Frontotemporal, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus and Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome.
Glen Ellyn LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints on statewide nursing homes can be obtained from database websites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov).
Many families use this data to decide where to place a loved one who requires the highest level of skilled health care and hygiene assistance. The DuPage County abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed serious deficiencies, violations, hazards and safety concerns at all Illinois long-term care homes.
Approaching a Loved One with Difficult Dementia Behaviors
Most individuals believe an Alzheimer’s patient is confusioned, repeat themselves and displays expected behaviors that are often associated with dementia. However, dementia behavior consists of a wide spectrum of symptoms including physical manifestation and outbursts of anger. Fourthly, there are things family members and friends can do to get past the difficult moments.
A part of understanding dementia requires a high level of compassion and the knowledge that the difficult actions/aggression/behavior of the individual is not deliberate, but simply a display of a symptom of the disease. Often, the sense of reality of a dementia patient is much different than what others would deem ‘normal’. To create a positive difference, it is essential to create a loving environment and effective communication where family and friends can interact with their loved one. Identifying the behavioral problems is the first step. These include:
- Objectively Examine the Behavior – Not all unusual behavior expressed by your loved one is a problem, so long as no one is being harmed. Often, the behavior is embarrassing, uncomfortable or disruptive, but not truly harmful. At these times, it is essential to avoid intervening, correcting or unintentionally escalating the harmless situation. Accommodating their unusual, but harmless, behavior can create a sense of freedom and independence that will likely be gone completely in the years ahead.
- Look for Predictive Patterns – In many incidences, problem behavior can be easily predicted when specific triggers cause the behavior to appear as a response. Sometimes, these triggers occur at specific times of the day that might include bath time, dinner time or sundown. Certain times throughout the year are also significantly more challenging such as the winter months when the nights are longer and darker compared to spring and summer.
- Environmental Changes That Cause an Effect – Sounds, smells, sights, music or other stimuli such as noises, places or people can create a dramatic, negative impact that causes the loved one to behave aggressively or inappropriately. During these times, changing the environment or atmosphere can assist the loved one with comfort and calming.
- Focus on Why It Happens – Instead of concentrating on what is going on, consider why the loved one suffering from dementia is behaving the way they do. If the individual constantly disrobes, it may be that their clothing is too itchy, hot or tight, or they need to go to the bathroom. Some actions may be nothing more than a display of being in pain, thirsty or hungry. Meeting the basic human needs of the loved one could be enough to stop the behavior.
- Validate and Accept Their Behavior – Validating their feelings when upset, angry, agitated or scared will let them know just how much you understand how difficult it is for them. Consider accepting their behavior instead of contradicting through argument or correcting any time you disagree with their actions, poor judgment or communication.
Not every difficult behavior should be overlooked. In many cases, the loved one may display behavior that is far beyond the bounds of being socially acceptable and “normal.” That said, it is essential to understand that unacceptable behavior never defines the individual, but simply defines their disease.
Glen Ellyn Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse was the victim of mistreatment, abuse or neglect while they resided at Arden Courts of Glen Ellyn, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our Glen Ellyn team of dedicated knowledgeable attorneys provide legal representation in victim cases that involve abuse and neglect occurring in Illinois care facilities.
We encourage you and your family to contact our DuPage County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for an initial complimentary claim review. We accept every abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only once we have negotiated an out of court settlement or have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law.