Placing a loved one in a Nursing Home is a challenging decision, but is often the only option when they require 24/7 medical monitoring and assistance with their hygiene needs and daily living functions. Unfortunately, not all facilities provide a high level of care to the residents due to a lack of training, overcrowded conditions or minimal staffing. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent injured, neglected and abused residents of Illinois sheltered care homes like Brookstone Suites of Effingham.
Brookstone Suites of Effingham
This Nursing Center is a ‘for profit’ sheltered care Home providing services to residents of Effingham and Effingham County, Illinois. The 25-certified-bed Facility is located at:
505 W. Temple Ave.
Effingham, IL 62401
In addition to providing various lifestyle options including assisted living and independent living options, the facility also offers memory care, skilled nursing, short-term care and resident experiences including senior activities.
Effingham LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can review statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) and download a historical list of all opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints, incident inquiries and health violations of every facility statewide. The information can be used to determine the level of health and hygiene care each community nursing home provides its residents.
The Effingham County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have viewed serious safety concerns, deficiencies, violations and inquiries at all Illinois sheltered care facilities.
What to Expect That a Memory Care Facility
Memory care is considered an expansive term describing the cares and services provided to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Many people can receive a high level of care at home when the dementia is in its early stages. However, as the disease progresses, many families will need the valuable services provided at nursing centers, continuing care retirement communities and assisted-living facilities.
Many residential communities also provide memory care that has been designed specifically to meet the needs of residents who require long-term treatment. In many cases, the individual resides in a private or semi-private room that resembles a small bedroom or apartment. Typically, memory care facilities are upscale and offer various amenities including restaurant-like dining, fitness centers, hair salons, and active social events.
Even though these facilities are usually located in urban or residential areas, the individual will have restricted independence of coming and going throughout the community. This is because security and safety of the resident suffering from memory loss require close monitoring and ongoing supervision to ensure the resident does not wander away and become lost. That said, residents are encouraged to participate in various activities designed to keep the body and mind active. These could include outings, special trips, games, and arts and crafts.
Is It Time to Transfer into a Memory Care Community?
In many cases, the loved one’s physician or family will assist in making the decision of whether it is time to transfer to a memory care facility. Having their input is important because many of the signs and symptoms of memory loss are easily missed when the individual’s memory becomes impaired. Answering some questions can help make the decision easier. These include:
- Do I sometimes forget to eat a meal?
- Do I become easily frustrated, angry or upset?
- Am I forgetful when paying my bills each month?
- Do I require assistance when dressing, bathing, toileting or grooming?
- Have I mixed up my medicines or become forgetful when to take them?
- Do I no longer feel safe and protected inside my home?
- Do I forget to turn off the stove and faucets?
- Is it dangerous for me to cook and prepare my meals?
- Do I feel alone and isolated when at home by myself?
- Are friends and family members to far away if I ever need help?
- Is it becoming more difficult to drive short or long distances?
Memory care facilities offer around-the-clock monitored care provided by specially trained staff members who are familiar with the needs of a patient suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to treatment, the facility will also assist with daily tasks including toileting, bathing, showering, dressing, dining and administering medications. Other services include:
- Laundry and housekeeping
- Fitness and exercise programs
- Social activities
- Memory programs
Not all memory care communities are the same. Because of that, it is essential that families visit numerous facilities before making the ultimate decision of where to place a loved one.
Effingham Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse was the victim of mistreatment, abuse or neglect while residing at Brookstone Suites of Effingham, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our Effingham dedicated lawyers can provide various legal options on how to file and resolved claims for compensation against all those who caused your loved one’s harm.
We urge you to contact our Effingham County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers during a complimentary, initial case review. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee agreements. This means our legal fees are paid only once we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law.