Dementia care patients residing in Illinois long-term care facilities can live a meaningful life when the staff structures a Plan of Care to involve group activities that include a wide array of social opportunities. Unfortunately, not all Homes develop and implement Care Plans that respond well to an individual’s needs, which can be detrimental to the patient’s quality of life. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent neglected, mistreated and abused patients who reside at Illinois Sheltered Care Centers like Arden Courts of South Holland.
Arden Courts of South Holland
This facility is a 60-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Home providing services and cares to residents of South Holland and Cook County, Illinois. The Sheltered Care Center is located at:
2045 E. 170th Street
South Holland, IL 60473
South Holland LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
Comprehensive research results can be reviewed through the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) nursing home database that details every filed complaint, safety concern, health violation, incident inquiry and opened investigation. Many families use this information to determine the level of medical, health and hygiene care nursing homes in their community provide their residents.
The Cook County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed serious safety concerns and deficiencies at Illinois long-term care facilities.
Types of Dementia
Nearly seven out of every ten dementia patients suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, where the internal structure of brain cells are damaged by an abnormal protein. Typically, the individual suffers minimal memory loss that is sometimes associated with solving problems, finding the correct word, perceiving their reality in three dimension, and making decisions.
However, there are other types of dementia that include:
- Vascular Dementia – If the brain loses its oxygen supply due to a blockage or narrowing of the blood vessels, many brain cells can die or become damaged, which leads to vascular dementia. Common symptoms often present themselves after a serious stroke or slowly and progressively from a series of little strokes where small blood vessels become damaged deep within the brain.
This type of dementia can be hard to diagnose if the symptoms overlap with Alzheimer’s disease. Often, individuals are challenged with planning or problem-solving, concentrating or thinking, or reacting quickly. This type of dementia also expresses itself in short spurts of confusion.
- Mixed Dementia – This type of dementia usually has numerous symptoms that are often similar to vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease combined.
- Frontotemporal Dementia – This kind of dementia includes Pick’s disease. Typically, the sides and front of the brain become damaged in time, which is caused by the clumping of an abnormal protein that builds up inside the brain’s nerve cells leading to cell death. Often, the individual will display a significant change in their behavior and/or personality. In some cases, the person has challenges in speaking fluently or me forget what an object is or a word means.
- Lewy Body Dementia –This form of dementia develops inside the brain where tiny Lewy bodies (abnormal structures) disrupt the chemistry of the brain causing cells to die. Often, the early indicators include difficulty in judging distances, mutable alertness, and hallucinations. Usually, these dementia patients tend to remember more compared to the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This type of dementia share symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease including some symptoms like difficulty in moving.
- Rare Case Dementia – Younger individuals (under 65 years) tend to account for rare types of dementia that involve alcohol-related brain damage. These include progressive super nuclear palsy, cortical basal degeneration, Korsakoff’s syndrome, Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, and Niemann-Pick disease type C.
Late-stage dementia often requires significant assistance and ongoing support to perform everyday tasks. Even so, many individuals suffering from dementia can maintain their ongoing independence and enjoy an enhanced quality of life for years after the initial diagnosis.
Many individuals suffering from early stage dementia are only mildly cognitively impaired where the condition is not significant enough to alter or interfere with their activities of daily living. However, these conditions tend to increase the individual’s risk of developing dementia in time. In most cases, there is no cure for dementia.
In recent years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Black Box Warnings on the use of psychotropic medications for patients suffering from dementia. This is because these medications have an increased risk of causing death to the dementia patient. Instead, cognitive behavioral therapies, counseling, and other treatments have been proven effective in providing relief to residents suffering from the disease.
South Holland Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one was mistreated or abused as a patient at Arden Courts of South Holland, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Let our skilled South Holland attorneys file and handle your financial compensation claim against all those who caused your loved one harm. Our years of experience ensures a successful resolution.
We encourage you to contact our Cook County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for an initial complimentary claim evaluation. We provide immediate legal representation without any upfront payment or fee. Our legal services are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by negotiating an out-of-court settlement or winning your compensatory claim in a court of law.