Many families are left with limited options when their loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability requires outside assistance and ongoing care from licensed, trained professionals. Usually, the disabled individual must relocate to a community living bed facility, nursing home or assisted living center to receive high-level care of their medical needs and assistance with their activities of daily living including dressing, bathing, eating and preparing for work. Unfortunately, not all facilities provide a minimal standard level of care. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent abused, injured or mistreated residents who live at Illinois community living beds homes like Gerard M. Ungaro House #2.
Gerard M. Ungaro House #2
This Community Living Beds Center is a ‘for profit’ facility providing services and cares to residents of Green Oaks and Lake County, Illinois. The 12-certified-bed Home is located at:
14245 W. Rockland Rd.
Green Oaks, IL 60048
Green Oaks Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
Detailed information on every community living bed facility in the state can be downloaded or reviewed on government-operated websites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). These regulatory agencies routinely update their list of opened investigations, incident inquiries, dangerous hazards, health violations, filed complaints, and safety concerns on nursing homes statewide.
The Lake County care home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed serious safety concerns, hazards, violations and deficiencies at all community living beds facilities in Illinois.
Defining Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Individuals requiring long-term care in community living facilities are usually suffering from a developmental disability (DD) or intellectual disability (ID). While both types of disabilities are significantly different from the other, there is a commonality of care, services, and assistance required for both.
- Developmental Disability – These individuals are typically born with their disability or obtain it before age 22. These include autism, cerebral palsy, fetal alcohol syndrome, down syndrome, acquired brain injury or epilepsy. The disability is considered to be a lifelong challenge with significant delays that affect everyday functioning including dressing, grooming, communicating, social skills and safety.
- Intellectual Disability – Previously, this type of disability was defined as “Mental Retardation.” These individuals tend to have an average intellectual capacity that is significantly lower than standards with diminished adaptive skills measured through testing by a qualified psychologist. Usually, these individuals have an IQ of 75 or below that is derived by a substantial impairment in their adaptive behaviors. Usually, the onset of the disability happens before their eighteenth year. The impairment is typically described as being lifelong.
Caring for the DD/ID Individual
There are significant benefits to providing a level of care for individuals suffering from developmental/intellectual disabilities in a home environment. Some of these include enjoying the family’s strengths and skills in a shared environment while remaining active in the local community. Families can provide ongoing support with access to resources, training, and support through outside developmental services.
Unfortunately, there may be a time when the family and support system inside the house can no longer meet the preferences, needs or health assistance requirements of the individual. Other times, the living arrangement is no longer feasible or safe, leaving no other option than to transfer the loved one into a Developmental Disabled Group Home, psychiatric/medical hospital, alcohol rehabilitative facility, nursing home or foster care home.
Most community living bed centers provide services for the developmentally and intellectually disabled in a safe environment. Many of the amenities of these facilities involve:
- Responsible trained supervision that helps develop, implement and enforce the resident’s ISP (Individual Support Plan).
- An environment designed to minimize the potential risk of harm to themselves, caregivers or other residents because of a challenging behavior or a cognitive limitation.
- Assistance in managing behavior and emotions that can be expressed in positive ways instead of ways that produce a destructive outcome.
- Administering and managing prescription drugs.
- Implementation of a mental, behavioral or medical health support plan.
- Coordination of the resident’s mental health and medical care appointments.
- Caregiver assistance in communicating the resident’s ideas, needs, preferences and wishes.
- Caregiver assistance in structuring the resident’s daily activity or preparing the resident for employment.
- Special assistance by caregivers to the resident to ensure they achieve stability during a major transition or crisis that occurs in their life.
The most successful community living beds facilities, assisted-living homes, nursing centers and other care providers involve a staff with heightened practical experience that focuses on and I/DD residential setting. Through day-to-day experiences, ongoing training, and practical success, the assisting staff members, aides and other caregivers can support individuals with challenging and complex medical and behavioral needs.
Green Oaks Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect that your loved one was the victim of harm, abuse, neglect or mistreatment by visitors, caregivers, employees or other residents while a resident at Gerard M. Ungaro House #2, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our knowledgeable Green Oaks attorneys offer legal representation to patients with cases that involve mistreatment, abuse, and neglect occurring in Illinois care facilities.
Schedule your free, no-obligation comprehensive financial claim review today by calling our Lake County neglect and abuse law offices at (888) 424-5757. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.