Just a few decades ago, adults with special needs who couldn’t live at home with family were institutionalized. Today, there are more humane options, and many enjoy healthy, full lives living in comfortable group homes. They have necessary support from counselors or other staff for their daily living activities and the company of other residents, as well as supplemental education programs and fun activities.
The success of group homes like these relies on the quality of staff employed in them. When trained professionals who care about residents are employed, group homes are a pleasant atmosphere where residents enjoy personal growth and the best care. However, when staff are unqualified or apathetic, the needs of residents often go unmet, and the experience of living in a group home can go downhill fast.
To help your loved one have the best experience possible, it’s important to pick a group home with proven high-quality care. Otherwise, your family member could be at risk for nursing home neglect and abuse. Levin & Perconti wants to help you pick the best group home for your loved one. That’s why we share available information about ratings from government agencies so you can get insight into the quality of care provided by Illinois group homes.
About Alden Trails
273 East Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Alden Trails is an intermediate care facility for developmentally disabled adults that offers comprehensive care in a safe, homelike environment. The facility has 16 beds.
Alden Trails is not Medicare certified so there are not readily available government ratings for it. However, most certified Illinois facilities in the Alden network receive high ratings for health inspections and other quality measures.
Picking a Group Home for a Loved One
Picking a good group home for your loved one can be stressful. You want to make a good decision that will keep them happy for many years to come. But where do you start?
First, research group homes in your area online. Look for ratings from government agencies if available, or just reviews from current or previous residents and their families.
Look for a facility that is close enough to you that you can visit often, but also has a history of high standards of care and provides all the services your loved one requires. Build a list of facilities that meet these criteria and schedule tours with each of them.
On the tours, pay attention to how well the facility is maintained and how staff interact with residents. Ask probing questions about best practices and how many staff are employed per resident. If possible, you might also stop by on a day when they’re not giving tours so you can see how things are when guests aren’t expected.
After reviewing ratings, services, and homes, pick the one that best balances all your loved one’s needs.
Protecting Your Loved One
After you pick a great group home and your relative moves in, your work isn’t done. Despite your best efforts to place them in a safe environment, there’s still a chance they will meet with neglect or abuse of some kind during their residency. You can reduce those chances though.
Stay in close contact with your loved one so you can monitor their care and they can tell you about anything wrong that happens. You’ll want to educate yourself on the signs of abuse and neglect. There are many, but here’s a list to start with:
- Unexplained injuries like bruises, burns, or scars
- Weight loss or malnourishment not due directly to an illness
- Frequent trips to the emergency room or doctor
- Poor hygiene or unwashed clothes or hair
- Frequent trouble sleeping
- Unusual violent or withdrawn behavior
- Instances of wandering or elopement
- Frequently misplaced or lost personal items
- A lack of basic necessities, including utilities, water, and food
- A dirty room or bathroom
If you notice any of these signs or something else amiss, take immediate action. Confront management about any unethical treatment of your family member. They should take your concerns seriously and be willing to hear you out and implement productive solutions. However, if they become dismissive or defensive or fail to take any action, it may be time to seek legal counsel and determine if your loved one’s rights have been violated under the law.
Levin & Perconti Can Help
Residents in group homes and other assisted living facilities have rights under Illinois law. If you believe the rights of your special needs relative have been violated by group home staff, Levin & Perconti can help. Our attorneys have prosecuted hundreds of cases involving, but not limited to:
- Medication Errors
- Malnutrition and/or Dehydration
- Physical or Sexual Assault or Abuse
- Wandering and Elopement from facilities
- Unauthorized Physical and/or Chemical Restraint Use
If you are unsure if you have a case or want more information about how to seek justice for a family member, we have the answers you need. Just click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 today to get started. We answer every hour of the day or night and are waiting for your call.
Disclaimer: The above health inspection findings are taken from public records kept and published by Medicare and the state of Illinois and are not complete. Levin & Perconti cannot confirm that this page’s content includes the latest information available. Any corrections or additions made to these public records after publication of this page will not be found here. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.il.gov or medicare.gov. This page is a legal advertisement and informational resource for visitors and is not endorsed by the named facility or any government agency. Levin & Perconti does not have any affiliation with the named facility.
Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf.