Attorneys Representing Individuals Injured at Sunrise Living Center Facilities
Sunrise Senior Living offers health services in 14 communities throughout the Chicagoland area from the Wisconsin border down to Flossmoor. In addition to the Brighton Gardens of Wheaton, Sunrise has facilities in Buffalo Grove, Highland Park, Wilmette, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, Bloomingdale, Lincoln Park, Fountain Square, Flossmoor, Palos Park, Willowbrook, Naperville and Naperville North.
The facilities offer a variety of senior care solutions for numerous medical conditions and requirements that include:
- Memory care for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Independent living solutions
- Skilled nursing
- Assisted living
- Respite care solutions
- Hospice services
Mistreatment, Abuse and Neglect Alleged to Take Place at Sunrise
A lawsuit was filed in early 2014 against Sunrise Assisted Living in Willowbrook. The suit alleges negligent care that violated Illinois regulations requiring sufficient staff members must be on hand to provide acceptable standards of care. The lawsuit also alleges that the patient at the facility who had been a resident since 2010 had fallen approximately 14 times during her stay. Most of the fall episodes occurred after the patient pushed the call button requesting assistance to use the bathroom.
The allegations suggest that the staff was negligent in responding to the needs of the resident who could no longer wait to use the toilet, taking matters into her own hands. The patient would then attempt to position herself in a wheelchair as a way to transport to the bathroom, often landing on the bathroom floor.
In addition, the suit alleges negligence of the staff at Sunrise Assisted Living in Willowbrook after the resident developed bedsores caused by her mobility challenges and a lack of repositioning. Bedsores can develop in less than two hours when body pressure on bony areas restricts blood flow to skin and underlying tissue. Due to neglect, the lawsuit alleged, the resident’s facility-acquired bedsore progressed to Stage IV, a life-threatening condition. The suit charges that the advanced stage pressure sores contributed to the patient’s demise or directly caused her death.
This is not the only lawsuit that Sunrise Senior Living has faced. One charge indicates that a Flossmoor Sunrise patient with an untreated fractured shinbone suffered serious “unnecessary pain and suffering” for two days. Another allegation involves the death of a Gurnee Sunrise facility patient who succumbed to respiratory failure because the oxygen tank she required either was turned off or empty on multiple occasions. This problem lasted more than six weeks.
Like other nursing facilities in Illinois, unlicensed, unskilled or untrained staff caused many of the complications at Sunrise Senior Living centers. Many of the regulations reportedly violated by Sunrise Senior Living were never reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Protecting a Loved One From Neglect During an Admission to Sunrise
In many situations, families have no other option than to place a loved one in an assistant living facility or nursing home. However, this often puts the individual in harm’s way and subjects them to physical, sexual or emotional abuse along with financial exploitation, neglect, self-neglect or abandonment.
Taking action to protect the patient against neglect, mistreatment or abuse is often necessary. Many problems are avoided when the patient’s family members serve as health advocates. This requires routine unexpected visits to look for any sign of problems. Common signs of neglect, abuse or mistreatment often involve:
- An unexpected change in behavior
- An unexplained injury including pressure marks, bruises, abrasions, broken bones or burns
- Bruising around the genital area or breasts
- Poor hygiene
- The development of bedsores
- Unusual weight loss
- An unexplainable withdrawal from regular activities or an unexpected change in alertness behavior
- Tense or strained relationships including frequent disruptive arguments between the patient and caregivers
In many situations, the loved one being abused, neglected or mistreated must suffer in silence. Because of that, family members need to take action when noticing any unexpected change in behavior or personality. It is not the role of family members, friends and visitors to verify that the neglect, abuse or mistreatment is occurring. However, it is essential to alert others of any suspicious behavior, condition or activity.
In many situations, family members will hire a nursing home abuse attorney to investigate and prosecute the incident. The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can take immediate action to stop the problem and provide various legal options to hold responsible parties accountable for their deplorable actions.