Once thought to be nursing homes, community living centers provide various programs and activities designed specifically for veterans of every age. These places provide a homelike atmosphere that are ideal for friends and family to visit. Unfortunately, not all community living facilities offer the highest level of care due to a lack of staffing, minimal training, and deficient monitoring/administering medications. The veteran abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent injured, mistreated and abused patients who reside at Illinois community living beds facilities like Heart of Mercy Apartments.
Heart of Mercy Apartments
The center is a 19-certified-bed facility providing services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, the community living beds Home is located at:
6200 N. Winchester
Chicago, IL 60660
Chicago Community Living Home Resident Safety Concerns
Comprehensive data on every community living care facility in the state can be reviewed on government-run sites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). These regulatory agencies routinely update their list of health violations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, opened investigations, filed complaints, and dangerous hazards involving nursing homes statewide.
The Cook County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have reviewed numerous safety concerns, violations, and deficiencies at all Illinois community living bed facilities.
Long-Term and Short-Term Resident Options
Many veterans relocate into a community living beds facility to maintain or restore their highest levels of well-being. Based on the individual’s needs, veterans can stay in the facility over the short term, or in some cases, can remain in the home for the remainder of their life. These centers are required to provide a level of care including skilled nursing and assistance with the resident’s activities of daily living. This could include bathing, toileting, eating, and dressing, along with receiving assistance with medical care and prescription medication management.
Eligibility for admission into a community living bed home is based on availability and the individual's clinical needs. Specific eligibility criteria includes the veteran’s income, their level of disability and the type of service they gave their country. To be admitted, the veteran must be enrolled in the national Veterans Administration healthcare system and be psychiatrically and medically stable. Usually, these facilities provide numerous services that include:
- Around-the-clock skilled nursing care including intravenous and wound care assistance
- Ongoing access to social services
- Restorative care
- Continuing geriatric evaluations, assessments, and management
- Mental health recovery services
- Respite care
- Hospice care that includes end-of-life care
- Palliative care
- Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other cognitive deficits care
Veterans and Dementia
Any man or woman can develop Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy bodies dementia or other forms of dementias no matter what their age. However, the elderly has an increased risk of developing dementias that include memory loss, language problems, changes in personality and behavior, and difficulty with judgment, concentration, organizing, and planning.
In the early stages, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are progressive, meaning the condition becomes much worse over time. Most of the symptoms, signs, and indicators of early-stage dementia will differ between individuals. However, there are three specific stages that include the early-stage (confusion, forgetfulness change in behavior), middle-stage (difficulty recognizing family and friends; wandering) and late-stage (severely challenged judgment, memory, and other skills).
Relocating into a Facility
While many veterans believe that they require ongoing skilled nursing care provided in a traditional nursing home, community living centers offer a viable alternative. In many cases, the services provided at these facilities are an appropriate option. The veteran’s primary care provider or physician can answer difficult questions concerning the veteran’s medical needs and healthcare requirements to determine if a community living beds facility is appropriate. Some of these questions could include:
- Do I require assistance with my activities of daily living including getting dressed, bathing, toileting or eating?
- Does my current caregiver need a break from providing my cares and services?
- Will I have a specific level of privacy and independence after I relocate?
- Because social interaction is essential to my existence, will I be in a community that promotes social activities with others?
- Will I be required to pay for these services every week, month or year?
Before deciding to relocate into a community living beds facility, it is important to identify the veteran’s specific priorities, goals, and needs. Once these have been identified, it is important to review and compare every option provided at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and community living bed centers. Only then will the family have enough information to make a well-informed decision about where and when to relocate into a facility that meets the veteran specific needs.
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe that your loved one was victimized by employees, caregivers, visitors or other residents at Heart of Mercy Apartments, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. For years, our Chicago attorneys have successfully resolved Illinois long-term care home abuse and mistreatment cases. Our experience can ensure a positive outcome in your claim for compensation against those who caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you to contact our Cook County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, comprehensive recompense case review. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts every personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, and nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through a contingency fee agreement.