It can be terrifying for many family members to imagine their siblings, spouse, parent or grandparent forgetting the simplest thing or cherished memory. Unfortunately, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are common occurrences that happen during the aging process. For many families, there is no other option than to place their loved one in a facility that provides daily care and assistance with medications, monitoring, and activities of daily living. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of abuse and neglect who reside in Illinois sheltered care beds facilities like Harbor House.
This Sheltered Care Center is a ‘for profit’ 48-certified-bed Home providing cares to residents of Wheeling and Cook County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
760 McHenry Road
Wheeling, IL 60090
In addition to providing 24-hour supervision and on-site nursing care, the facility offers physical, occupational and speech therapies, laboratory services, special dietary accommodations, psychological consultations, x-ray services, drug management, hospice services and pet therapy.
The facility provides an individualized care program designed to meet the needs of dementia patients including those with a dementia diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia, primary progressive aphasia and vascular dementia.
Wheeling Sheltered Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
Many families visit the online website of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) to review a co mprehensive list of all filed complaints, opened investigations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, health violations, and dangerous hazards. The regularly updated information is often used to make a well-informed choice on which sheltered bed homes provide the highest level of care and assistance.
The Cook County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed serious safety concerns, deficiencies and violations at all Illinois sheltered care beds facilities.
When Genetics Cause Dementia
While memory loss can be caused by trauma to the head or medical condition, it is often influenced by inborn characteristics that are out of the control of the individual. Most kinds of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease have been linked to the genetic component of many types of conditions and diseases.
In fact, dementia causes have been linked to the genetics of individuals who later go on to develop frontotemporal dementia (Pick’s disease), Lewy body disease, and Huntington’s disease. However, it is essential to understand that the genes themselves do not directly cause dementia but only increase the potential of the individual developing the condition in their later years.
When Head Trauma Causes Dementia
Physical trauma has been linked to dementia including oxygen deprivation, exposure to heavy metal, tumors, and brain injuries. In addition, boxer’s dementia (dementia pugilistica) is directly linked to repetitive head trauma. Other forms of dementia include posttraumatic dementia that is linked to a specific occurrence involving a brain injury. These types of dementia are typically caused by fluid collection, infection, swelling or by direct tissue damage to the brain.
Doctors know that the progression of mental decline can be reversed or stopped if the issues directly associated with brain damage are addressed in the early stages of head trauma-linked dementia. In fact, assistance in a sheltered bed facility or assisted living home can be one of the most important factors to prevent an environmental hazard directly associated with a dementia cause.
When Disease Causes Dementia
Dementia is recognized as a cognitive decline in the individual's thought and memory capacity. When the disease is brought on by brain disease, there are often significant repercussions to the individual's brain including the destruction of their brain cells directly associated with emotions, memory, reasoning, and language. The most common forms of dementia directly associated with disease include:
- Alzheimer’s Disease – The most common form of dementia affects nearly 66 percent of all cases. The exact causation of Alzheimer’s disease has yet to be determined. However, scientists know that tangles are clumps of proteins begin to develop in the individual’s brain cells and interfere with the cells’ ability to function. Over time, the cell is destroyed by the disease. Currently, this form of dementia cannot be reversed.
- Lewy Body Dementia – This form of disease develops around protein structures in the individual’s brain cells that will eventually displace and disrupt the cell’s ability to function. The exact direct cause of the disease has yet to be determined.
- Vascular Dementia (Infarct Dementia) – Brain damage occurs from blocked or narrowed arteries that eventually lead to a stroke. Doctors have been able to reverse the damage of the underlying disease and stop the further decline of brain damage.
- Frontotemporal Dementia – This disease usually denigrates the individual’s brain frontal lobes that provide social behaviors and judgment factors. Often, the individual has a significant change in their personality. This form of dementia usually affects those who are 65 years old and younger.
Wheeling Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you have suspicions that your loved one was injured or harmed while residing at Harbor House, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Our skilled Wheeling attorneys have years of experience in representing victims of mistreatment, neglect, and abuse.
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 review at no charge to you. We accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.