Research reveals that nearly eight out of every ten individual residing in Illinois nursing facilities suffer from severe memory problems including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. While many long-term care centers provide excellent care, nearly one out of every two individuals in these Homes enjoy an optimal quality of life. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of neglect and abuse who reside in Illinois long-term care facilities like Arden Courts of Northbrook.
Arden Courts of Northbrook
This Nursing Center is a 56-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Northbrook and Cook County, Illinois. The Sheltered Care Facility is located at:
3420 Milwaukee Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
This Memory Care Community provide special individualized care by specially trained caregivers to individuals suffering from memory loss.
Northbrook LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois routinely updates their nursing home database system to reflect all opened investigations, incident inquiries, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations. This information can be found on numerous sites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov).
The Cook County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed serious safety concerns and deficiencies at all Illinois long-term care facilities.
The Challenges with Dementia
When a parent, grandparent or spouse is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, families are often overwhelmed with the process of providing long-term care. Just the thought of altering lifestyles to provide care often fills sons and daughters with uncertainty and fear. While these prospects are often challenging, the process of placing a loved one in a nursing facility can alleviate much of the stress and anxiety. Planning for your loved one’s future to ensure they receive high-quality care requires successful navigation through the nursing home industry.
Preparing for dementia and Alzheimer’s care often releases a new set of concerns and emotions were family members are often worried about how a loved one’s behavior, attitude and perceptions will change. Other concerns include the steps and efforts required to make the loved one comfortable and how the changes will affect personal relationships. It is crucial to monitor every family member’s stress level and provide the support each one needs through the process.
Preparing for Early Stage Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
In many situations, family members think about the progressive end of the disease instead of focusing on the early stages. Preparing early can help make a smoother transition for the loved one and all of their family and friends. In the very early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, it is crucial to include the individual in their own decision-making process when possible. Some of these decisions will include:
- Who will be the designated responsible family member that makes financial and health care decisions when the loved one no longer has the capacity to do so?
While the answer to this question might be difficult to conceive, if the loved one remains lucid, it is important to write their wishes down to preserve and respect them and every member of the family. It’s important to consider designating a power of attorney to handle healthcare and finance issues once the loved one loses capacity and requires a conservatorship or guardianship.
- What steps are being taken to ensure that every care and need required by the loved one is met?
Providing a high level of care is not always a realistic option for most families due to the large ongoing commitment. Very quickly, the loved one suffering with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will require 24/7 care. Keeping the loved one home might not be possible in families where the potential caregiver already has other significant responsibilities or their own health problems.
- How the family decides where the loved one will live?
While remaining in the home is the likely obvious choice due to its comfort and familiarity, it may be that the loved one is living alone or too far away from friends and family and will require being relocated to a long-term care center that can provide optimal support.
A sure way to slow the advancing stages of dementia is to maintain familiarity and a sense of structure whenever possible. Nursing homes provide consistent activities that include waking up at a specific time every day, designated daily meal times and familiar support staff when bathing, dressing, eating and readying the loved one for bedtime.
As the Alzheimer’s or dementia progresses, family members will often notice significant changes in the way the loved one communicates. Often, the individual will have difficulty in finding words and will become confused easily or use hand gestures as a form of communication.
Northbrook Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe that your parent, grandparent or spouse has suffered abuse, mistreatment or neglect while residing as a patient at Arden Courts of Northbrook, call the law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our qualified Northbrook attorneys have represented many victims with cases that involve abuse, negligence, and mistreatment occurring in Illinois nursing facilities.
We encourage you to contact our Cook County area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, comprehensive case review. We provide immediate legal representation without any upfront payment or fee.