Scientists are still in a quandary about memory loss, the aging process and how the brain works. Sadly, memory loss is a serious problem in the United States, where more than 5 million individuals are affected by the condition every year. Unfortunately, not every nursing facility provides the highest level of care directly focused on memory loss, elopement (wandering away from the facility) and the special needs of individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represents residents with memory loss living in Illinois community living beds centers like Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Health Services who have been mistreated, abused and neglected.
Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Health Services
This facility is a ‘for profit’ 12-certified-bed Community Living Beds Home providing cares and services to residents of Libertyville and Lake County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
PO Box 520
Libertyville, IL 60048
Libertyville Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can perform an online review of the comprehensive Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) historical list of all safety concerns, opened investigations, incident inquiries, health violations, dangerous hazards, and filed complaints. The routinely updated information is often used in making a well-informed decision to determine which care facilities provide the highest level of nursing care and hygiene assistance.
The Lake County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed numerous hazards, deficiencies, accidents, injuries and safety concerns at all Illinois community living beds centers.
Memory Loss Concerns
As individuals age, we tend to lose a significant amount of brain cells that can affect our capacity to remember simple items including a name, address, phone number or where we last saw our keys. While we might consider these “senior moments" or just “senior forgetfulness” there may be more of a significant change in the individual’s memory that represents the beginning stages of substantial memory loss.
Memory disease is often associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease that occur in approximately 5 million Americans every year. However, memory loss can also be caused by stroke, a brain trauma or degenerative disease that affect brain functions including language and mobility. Dementia is a broad umbrella that covers various conditions that include:
- Mix Dementia
- Vascular Dementia
- Parkinson’s Disease
- MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment)
- Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome
- Frontotemporal Dementia
- Huntington’s Disease
- Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease
- Dementia with Lewy Bodies
- Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Alzheimer’s disease tends to be the most recognized form of dementia that is often described as a progressive, irreversible brain condition that slowly destroys the individual’s thinking skills and memory. In time, the progressiveness of the disease will take away the individual’s ability to perform the simplest tasks. Unfortunately, no cure exists for Alzheimer’s.
Progressive dementias tend to affect the individual’s mental capacity that affects their challenges in carrying out common activities of daily living including bathing, dressing, grooming, cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. Individuals challenged with dementia typically have issues when solving problems, controlling their emotions or performing routine tasks. The most common signs and symptoms of memory loss often involve:
- Being forgetful more than often compared to prior stages in life
- Being forgetful on how to perform specific duties that have been performed many times before
- Repeating stories and phrases during one conversation
- Difficulty in learning to perform new things
- Losing the capacity to keep track of events or happenings every day
- Difficulty in making choices and decisions or when handling funds
Placing a Loved One in a Memory Care Facility
Memory care homes along with some sheltered care bed facilities and nursing centers provide environment specifically designed to provide a level of independence for individuals suffering from memory loss. These facilities tend to provide a secure and safe environment staffed with professional nurses, aides, and caregivers who receive ongoing training directed at providing care to individuals suffering from memory issues. Most facilities provide socialization opportunities, daily activities, and meals.
In common areas, the facility may provide access to a variety of activities that include nature programs, local field trips, reminiscing, pet appreciation, music therapy, exercise, baking, trivia, and games. Successful memory loss care facilities have been designed with relaxing sounds, soothing colors, comfortable chairs, warm blankets and aromatherapy that are known to produce a calming effect on individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Libertyville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one was mistreated, neglected or abused while residing a patient at Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Health Services, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. For years, our Libertyville attorneys have successfully resolved cases involving Illinois care home abuse, neglect, and mistreatment. Our reputation and years of experience can ensure a positive conclusion in your compensation claim against parties that caused your loved one harm.
We urge you to contact our Lake County 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. You are not required to pay any upfront fees or retainers because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee arrangements. This means all payments for our legal fees are made only after we have successfully resolved your case by negotiating an out-of-court settlement on your behalf for winning your jury trial.