Nearly seven out of every ten nursing home residents suffer from some form of cognitive impairment and one-third of those are severely impaired. Because of that, they require a high level of care coordination by a knowledgeable staff that has the competency, training, skills and qualifications to deliver appropriate cares and services to individuals with a memory impairment. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal services to abused and mistreated patients residing at Illinois sheltered care centers like Belmont Village Oak Park.
Belmont Village Oak Park
This Nursing Center is a ‘for profit’ 150-certified-bed Home providing cares to residents of Oak Park and Cook County, Illinois. The Sheltered Care Facility is located at:
1035 Madison St.
Oak Park, IL 60302
The facility provides various assistant living and memory care services including:
- Medication management
- Short-term recovery stay
- Professional therapy services
- Supervised fitness programs
- Assistance with ADL (activities of daily living)
Oak Park LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the families are fully informed of the services and care that LTC homes offer in their community, the state of Illinois routinely updates their comprehensive list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints, incident inquiries, and opened investigations of Homes statewide. This data can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a private or government-run facility. The Cook County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed the health violations, deficiencies and concerns occurring all Illinois long-term care homes.
Choosing the Best LTC Center
Families considering placing a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias in a long-term care center must choose a facility that hits high marks in five essential areas of care. These five include:
1. Care Coordination – This facility would be effective in collaborative communication and skills with the staff assesses, plans and provides services and cares consistent with the most recent advancements in Alzheimer’s and dementia care practice.
2. Staff Competency and Knowledge – The facility will employ staff members that have wide-ranging qualifications, extensive training, high-level skills and the education necessary to assess, evaluate and provide services and cares for the resident population suffering with various stages of memory impairment.
3. Qualified Activities Programs – The staff will encourage the dementia patient to participate in activities matching their cognitive abilities, attention spans, memory capacity, language, physical functions and reasoning abilities.
4. Behavior Management – In lieu of using pharmacological interventions, this facility will place a high emphasis on alternatives to antipsychotic drugs by continuously revising and updating the resident’s Plan of Care to ensure their needs are being met and the quality of their life is maintained without the use of psychotropic medications.
5. Supportive and Safe Environment – Dementia residents can easily become overstimulated and confused. These facilities will provide a supportive and safe environment through increased monitoring and supervision and by following established procedures and protocols enforced by federal and state regulatory agencies.
Choosing the best facility will require visiting numerous facilities, looking around, starting discussions with staff, and speaking to residents/families already living at the Center. It is essential to visit the facility at various times throughout busy and quiet days, including during mealtimes and social events. Look for indicators that the staff is providing respectful care. These could include:
- Does the staff respond to the resident in a positive, caring and patient way during every interaction?
- Do staff members communicate with patients at the level of an adult who can make their own choice and afford them the respect and dignity instead of treating them as children?
- Do staff members redirect the patient to diminish anger anxiety at times when it’s apparent that the individual is becoming upset?
- Does the staff provide a gentle hand in aiding the individual during physical interactions instead of pushing or prodding them?
When visiting the Home, family members must review the facility’s latest Inspection/Survey Reports and other documents including the Special Care Unit Disclosure form, which are typically available at the front desk. By law, every Center is required to have these documents on hand upon request. These reports will provide deep insight on the types of services and cares the facility provides, and any questionable problems occurring in the Home.
It is crucial ask about costs when speaking to the facility Administrator or Admittance Director. This is because dementia care often requires a high level of services compared to assisted living care. Understanding the costs upfront will help the family develop an effective budget that might be necessary as the disease progresses.
Oak Park Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your parent, grandparent or spouse has been harmed or injured while residing at Belmont Village Oak Park, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our team of Illinois abuse attorneys has years of experience in successfully resolving financial claims for compensation against all parties who caused nursing home patients harm, injury or preventable death.
We urge you to contact our Cook County abuse and neglect law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for a complimentary initial recompense claim review. You are not required to make any upfront payment or retainer to receive immediate legal services.