There has been a significant rise in the need of long-term care facilities and sheltered bed centers due to the increase of baby boomers entering their retirement years. Unfortunately, not all long-term care centers, assisted-living facilities, and nursing homes provide the highest level of care to its residents/patients, which is often detrimental to their health. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent mistreated, injured and abused residents living at Illinois sheltered care beds homes like Illinois Presbyterian Home.
Illinois Presbyterian Home
This Sheltered Care Beds Center provides services and cares to the residents of Springfield and Sangamon County, Illinois. The 73-certified-bed Home is located at:
2005 W. Lawrence
Springfield, IL 62704
In addition to providing long-term care, Illinois Presbyterian home offers respite care and short-term stay options provided by highly trained caregivers.
Springfield Sheltered Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
Comprehensive data on every long-term care home and sheltered care bed facility in the state can be obtained on government-operated sites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). These regulatory agencies routinely update their list of safety concerns, health violations, dangerous hazards, filed complaints, opened investigations, and incident inquiries on nursing homes in Illinois.
The Sangamon County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed serious safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at all Illinois long-term care facilities.
The Increasing Demand for Sheltered Care Beds
Over the next 30 years, the numbers of Americans requiring long-term care in federal and state regulated facilities is expected to more than double, which will place a significant demand on existing centers. The majority of these individuals will require a specific level of care that does not rise to a skilled nursing facility, but at a level that is more than what is provided by assisted living homes. What remains are long-term care facilities and sheltered care bed homes that provide cares and services to the frail, disabled, mentally challenged and those living with memory loss. While Medicaid and Medicare are available for many to offset costs, others must rely on state-regulated facilities that provide long-term care.
Home-Based Care Versus Long-Term Care Facilities
The cost of placing a loved one in a long-term care facility or nursing home can cause families to consider home-based care or family member or friend becomes the individual’s caregiver. Unfortunately, this type of care is significantly challenging for the caregiver over the long haul, placing a substantial burden on their own health, personal needs and finances.
Often times, families have no option of taking care of their loved one in their own home because of time, distance or location and must look to a long-term care facility for their answers. There has been a significant boom in the number of assisted living centers, skilled nursing homes, and long-term care facilities in recent years. The pressure by Medicare and Medicaid on the industry to provide better services, and the competitiveness of the marketplace have led to a higher level of care.
However, before relocating to a long-term care facility, it is essential to visit numerous homes to look around and ask the staff and other residents specific questions that could include:
- What steps to the nursing staff take to get to know me and my family?
- Will I be awakened at a specific time in the morning or do I have a choice of living a more independent life?
- Am I allowed to choose the type of food I eat every day because alternatives to the main menu are offered?
- Am I given assistance with my bathing or showering, do I have a choice of when I will receive them?
- What recreational activities and exercise programs do the facility offer a resident with my medical condition?
- Does this place have a sense of community and will I be a provided a voice in making my own decisions about how to live my daily life?
- What steps will be taken to meet my specific needs if I’m living with dementia/Alzheimer’s?
- Can my family members play a role in my Plan of Care and does the facility have a Family Council to sort out issues?
- What is the rate of turnover of the staff and how do the numbers breakdown with Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Certified Nursing Aides and Direct Service Persons?
- Does the facility provide satisfaction measurements of residents and family members to use as a tool to decide if this is the right location for me?
An ideal solution to deciding which facility will provide the highest level of care, it is essential to walk about the home and see how residents interact with others. While walking around, take note of the facility’s lighting, colors, smells, signs, lighting, privacy levels of all the residents, the options and opportunities to sit alone and the ease of access to conversation areas.
Springfield Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect that your loved one was the victim of abuse, neglect or mistreatment by caregivers, employees or other residents while a resident at Illinois Presbyterian Home, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our knowledgeable Springfield attorneys offer legal representation to patients with neglect, abuse, and mistreatment cases.
Schedule your free, no-obligation comprehensive financial claim review today by calling our Sangamon County elder abuse law offices at (888) 424-5757. No need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.