A lack of adequate staffing, the inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs and a poorly trained staff are just some of the problems that affect sheltered care bed homes. The state of Illinois requires that every facility has a minimum resident-to-staff ratio during overnight hours and a registered nurse on duty during business hours. Unfortunately, not all facilities have a substantial staff in significant numbers, especially care facilities that specialize in memory care. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent residents who have been harmed, neglected or mistreated in Illinois sheltered care beds facilities like Highview in the Woodlands.
Highview in the Woodlands
This Center provides services and cares to residents of Rockton and Winnebago County, Illinois. The not-for-profit, private 26-certified-bed Sheltered Care Beds Home is located at:
1000 Falcon Point Pl.
Rockton, IL 61072
The premier senior care facility provides assisted living options and services to individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related conditions. The facility provides around-the-clock nursing care and is staffed with certified nursing aides and a support professionals who offer activities, Social Services, environmental services, and dining.
Rockton Sheltered Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of dangerous hazards, filed complaints, opened investigations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, and health violations on statewide long-term care homes can be reviewed on database sites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). Many families use this data to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires the highest level of hygiene assistance and skilled health care.
The Winnebago County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed numerous health violations, deficiencies and safety concerns occurring at all Illinois sheltered care bed facilities.
Relocating a Memory Impaired Loved One
Most individuals will become a caregiver at some point in their life when providing basic assistance and ongoing care in the home of a parent, grandparent, spouse, sibling or child. Typically, the individual requires help because of an illness, disability or during their final years. Usually, a caregiver will perform various assistive tasks to help a loved one with their activities of daily living. This could include grocery shopping, balancing the loved one’s checkbook, transporting them to their doctor visits, administering the medications or helping them dress, bathe, toilet, cook or eat.
The amount of caregiving provided the loved one can be slow moving over time or occur suddenly and without notice. What was once a part-time job can become a full-time occupation that usually does not pay.
Adults suffering from brain (cognitive) impairment usually require the most American families who must provide assistance in the adult’s home. This is because cognitively impaired individuals are challenged with many basic brain functions including reasoning, concentration, memory and perception.
The most common causes associated with a cognitive (brain) impairment include Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia along with Parkinson’s disease, stroke, brain tumors, brain injury and/or HIV-related dementia. Every type of disorder brings with it a host of unique features that require a wide assortment of strategies and situations that necessitate daily or even minute-to-minute attention.
Caregiving for the Cognitively Impaired
Scientists have long known that a memory impairment and a change in cognitive abilities can disrupt how individuals feel, act or think. Even the smallest change can present a specific difficult for caregivers and families. An ordinary discussion that in the past involved fluid reasonability can transform into a frustrating conversation when the mentally challenged individual attempts to remember what happens from this moment to the next.
Most cognitive impairments in memory loss dementias appear gradually and over time progress from moderate to severe. When this occurs, families require special assistance from competently trained professionals who provide around-the-clock supervision and have trained for managing difficult behaviors and techniques to communicate with results. At this stage in life, many of these individuals require assistance with ADL (activities of daily living) that could include toileting, bathing, eating, transferring from a wheelchair or chair to a bed along with other personal daily cares.
Individuals who play the role of caregiver often feel completely alone, overwhelmed by the task, and fully prepared to meet the needs of their loved one. The caregiver often faces unique and unexpected circumstances that are difficult to navigate without the appropriate strategy. In many cases, traversing new terrain and adapting to the ever-changing landscape of memory loss without an effective plan leaves no other course than to place a loved one in a skilled or sheltered care facility.
Rockton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered serious injuries or died prematurely while a resident at Highview in the Woodlands, contact the law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. For years, our Rockton attorneys have successfully resolved Illinois long-term care home abuse and neglect 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 Winnebago County area abuse law office now by calling (888) 424-5757. Speak with one of our representatives to schedule your no-obligation, comprehensive case evaluation. You are not required to make any upfront payment or retainer to receive immediate legal services. We can successfully resolve your case without upfront fees by negotiating an out of court settlement on your behalf or by winning your case at trial.