Due to advancements in modern medical devices, services, and cares, developmentally disabled children are living much longer into their adult years. This means many are facing the same diseases and medical conditions as the nation’s general population, but often require the skills of trained nursing staff and aides and long-term care facilities to assist the resident with their ADLs (activities of daily living). Unfortunately, not every long-term care home provides a high level of care. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent families of residents who have been neglected, mistreated and abused at Illinois long-term care (LTC) facilities like Connelly Home.
This Long Term Care Facility is a ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The 16-certified-bed Center is located at:
6300 North Ridge Avenue
Chicago Il 60660
Chicago LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the level of care every nursing home provides, the state of Illinois routinely updates their long-term care home database system. This information reflects a comprehensive list of opened investigations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, filed complaints and health violations that can be reviewed on numerous sites including Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). The Cook County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have viewed deficiencies and safety concerns at all Illinois long-term care centers.
Many residents in long-term care facility suffering from disabilities do not always receive the highest level of hygiene assistance and health care. Often, treatments and therapies are delayed or omitted from the resident’s Plan of Care because the nursing staff fails to comprehend the safety risk involved in the lack of treatment.
Delays in Treatment
These individuals with a developmental disability tend to be more likely to be challenged with delays or difficulties in receiving quality health care. Many older children and younger adults use tobacco, fail to engage in physical fitness activities, are obese or overweight, or have not had a mammogram or Pap smear in the last couple years due to a lack of care. Sometimes, the LTC Center fails to screen and monitor their Down syndrome residents for common comorbid conditions including leukemia, eye disorders, thyroid function, sleep apnea, cardiac conditions or early-onset dementias. Many physical conditions can cause behavioral problems and fatigue, including sleep apnea.
The full range of developmental disabilities can include a wide assortment of medical conditions in individuals suffering from cognitive impairments, or not. Because of that, the nursing staff at long-term care facilities should start the evaluation process with assessing the resident’s abilities and then build a Plan of Care to address those specific problems.
Without specialized training, many nurses and aides lack the comprehension on how to communicate with individuals suffering from a developmental disability. However, with patience and accommodation to the resident’s needs, the nursing staff can successfully provide adequate and appropriate care.
Varying Drug Reactions
Many medications differently in individuals suffering from an intellectual or developmental disability. A response to pain medication is often significantly different in resident suffering without a disability. In addition, the developmentally disabled are often plagued with constipation that might be the result of their medications. Others receive drugs that can enhance the potential development of heart disease.
Incidents or allegations of sexual assault are also common occurrences affecting the developmentally disabled. Many of these residents speak of being inappropriately touched or their fear of being inappropriately touched. Often, this comes from confusion while living in a shared environment.
Problems with Health Care
There have been significant advancements in access to better healthcare for the intellectual and developmentally disabled since the passage of the Americans Disability Act. However, there are still significant problems creating barriers to many residents in long-term care centers. These include:
- A shortage of doctors receiving training and skills necessary to provide care to individuals suffering with a developmental or intellectual disability. Typically, doctors receive focused care training rather than treating the individual as a whole person.
- A lack of support staff receiving specific training and a comprehension of the cultural sensitivity when providing care to the intellectually and developmentally disabled.
- A limited number of long-term care homes fitted with the proper equipment to provide necessary services and care to individuals suffering with disabilities.
- A confusing and complex health care insurance system that tends to produce inefficient care coordination.
That said, long-term care communities with adequate resources and ongoing support can provide cares and services that enhance the resident’s quality of life. Many centers have focused on building a community of smaller homes and centers, like Connelly Home, to optimize support and provide adequate staff and service providers that meet the needs of every resident.
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your parent, grandparent or spouse is being abused or mistreated while a resident at Connelly Home, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Our skilled Chicago attorneys can file and successfully resolve your victim cases and hold those who caused your loved one harm financially accountable.
We urge you to contact our Cook County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers for legal answers during a comprehensive, no-obligation case evaluation. No upfront retainers or fees are required because we accept every nursing home abuse claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements.