Misericordia – Heart of Mercy
Many individuals reside in long-term care facilities give up their autonomy because they no longer have the capacity to make decisions without help. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes, long-term care centers, and sheltered care facilities adequately train their nursing staff to continuously provide the highest level of care to the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation to residents of Illinois long-term care facilities like Carr Home who have been neglected, abused and mistreated.
This Nursing Center is a ‘for profit’ Long-Term Care Home providing services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The 15-certified-bed Home is located at:
6300 North Ridge Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660
Misericordia provides its residents a community of care maximizing the potential of every individual suffering with a Mild to Profound Developmental Disability.
Chicago Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
The LTC home regulatory agency routinely updates their statewide nursing facility database system. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) information contains a historical list of safety concerns, filed complaints, opened investigations and health violations of every facility in each county.
The Cook County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have viewed numerous violations, deficiencies and safety concerns at every Illinois long-term care facility.
For long-term care provides extended personal, nursing and custodial care for every individual needing specialized services due to a physical infirmity, illness, advanced age or developmental disability. In many cases, the resident requires ongoing assistance with their ADL (activities of daily living) that could include bathing, eating, getting dressed, washing clothes, or other activity most individuals take for granted.
The quality of care received in a long-term care facility raises a number of ethical problems. There are often conflicts between staff members and the resident’s family in determining exactly what appropriate care constitutes. Often, the staff might misinterpret or misperceive the desires of the resident or their decision-making capacity because of the medication the resident takes or their limits due to their disability.
In some situations, confusion is a natural process of the medication being taken by the resident that temporarily interferes with their ability to make decisions or understand questions. Other times, the staff fails to provide adequate attention to the individual’s condition or assume the individual lacks the capacity to make decisions.
Two of the most common resident safety concerns involve abuse and neglect. These tend to occur because of the vulnerability of the individual due to their disability, illness or age. In some cases, the resident is ignored, abused, taken advantage of or mistreated by the staff.
Many incidences of abuse and neglect go unreported due to the fear of the resident that their care or treatment by the staff might be detrimentally affected if they speak up about the problem. Because of that, ongoing monitoring of the facility is critically important. There are specific cases where the young or old resident has been verbally or physically abused by the staff or other residents. Many of these cases require intervention by highly skilled attorneys who specialize in these types of cases.
Services and Programs
To optimize the life of young children suffering from a developmental disability, the facility provides ongoing support through specialized and inclusive educational settings specifically designed to meet every resident’s needs. Some of these support systems include:
- Self-Help Workshop – The facility provides a self-help workshop to provide severe and profound developmentally disabled individuals the highest potential quality of life. The major goals for the program including teaching the most basic fundamentals to the individual, including the ability to make eye contact, hand washing and other rudimentary skills.
- Educational Programs – Many individuals with special needs at the facility earn a high school diploma. The curriculum of the educational program is geared toward the individual's educational objectives.
- Fitness and Nutrition Programs – The facility coordinates an individual fitness and health program to ensure the resident’s needs are being met. This includes a focus on the necessity of good exercise and eating habits. A highly personalized Nutritional and Fitness Plan of Care is developed for individuals suffering from a severe or profound disability.
- Recreational and Social Activities – The facility staff and family members are encouraged to join residents participating in exciting events in and away from the facility.
- Therapy and Health – The facility develops specialty care that is unique to every individual. This often requires reaching out to clinics and doctors in the local area to ensure that the resident is receiving the highest level of care that promotes optimal health and well-being.
- Psychological Support – Many developmentally disabled individuals display behavioral issues. In response, the facility develops, implements and enforces effective plans designed to modify the resident’s behavior that encourages their confidence and promotes optimal health.
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have been injured or harmed while residing as a patient at Carr Home, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm. Our qualified Chicago attorneys represent victims with cases that involve abuse, negligence, and mistreatment occurring in Illinois nursing facilities.
We urge you to contact our Cook County abuse law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers to determine your legal options during a comprehensive, no-obligation case evaluation at no charge to you. Our law firm does not require any upfront payment because we accept all nursing home neglect and abuse cases through contingency fee agreements.