Alden Village North
Great strides have been taken toward improving the care and services available to individuals with special needs. Today, many enjoy living with family while participating in day services that help them build life skills and reach their full potential. Others live in group homes and other facilities where their daily activities are supported by professionally-trained staff who provide the guidance and medical support they need for their best quality of life.
In either case, the success of the developmentally disabled receiving special needs services depends on the support and effort of others around them. Most have loving families who will help them meet their every need, but sometimes those needs must be met by trained caregivers.
However, while the quality of services offered has increased, there is often a lack of staff to successfully offer them. Too often staff at these facilities are stretched thin and it becomes impossible to meet the needs of every client. Mistakes occur and frustration grows. An environment like this increases the risk of neglect and abuse of vulnerable clients.
Laws prohibit the abuse and neglect of special needs individuals, but they are better for punishment after the fact rather than prevention. Instead, special needs individuals must rely on family to protect them from careless facilities. To help you protect your loved one, Levin & Perconti share publicly available information when possible about Illinois care facilities to help you pick the best place for your family member.
We are also available 24/7 to give legal advice if you believe a relative has suffered harm. In this way we hope to help you prevent abuse of vulnerable individuals as well as seek justice for victims.About Alden Village North
7464 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626
Alden Village North is a health facility for children and adults with developmental disabilities and other complex medical conditions. It provides 24/7 care for infants, children, and adults with severe developmental disabilities in a safe, home-like environment, as well as education, training, therapy, and respite programs for non-residents.
Alden Village North is not Medicare certified; therefore, they do not have publicly available government ratings. However, most certified Illinois facilities in the Alden network have received high ratings for health inspections and other quality measures in recent years.Protecting Your Loved One
Whether you’re looking for a permanent residence or day services for a special needs loved one, you want to find them a facility that not only provides the right kinds of services and programs but that does so with safety and respect as top priorities. Luckily there are plenty of facilities with these qualities, but there are also some that may be questionable. How do you find the right one?
First, do your research. Look online for ratings from government agencies if available, or just reviews from other families. Organizations that serve special needs clients may also be able to point you in the right direction.
You want a facility that has a proven history of high-quality care as well as all the necessary services your loved one requires. As you research, make a list of facilities in your area that meet both these criteria.
Every facility is going to advertise as if it’s the best option out there, so you need to go see each first hand. Schedule tours of all the facilities on your list. On these tours, pay attention to the cleanliness of the property and how staff interact with clients. Bring a list of probing questions with you to ask about staff qualifications and the facility’s protocols and best practices.
After doing your due diligence to pick the perfect facility for your special needs relative, there are still precautions you can take to minimize the risk of them suffering any neglect or abuse.
If your family member is taking up residence in the facility, communicate and visit often so you can monitor their care and they can tell you about anything amiss. If your family member will continue to live with you, talk to them every day about their activities at the facility and watch for any changes in behavior after spending time there.
Victims of abuse often display signs of trauma. Educate yourself on what these are so you can spot them quickly if necessary. The following may not apply to every case, but will give you a starting point:
- Unusual violent or withdrawn behavior
- Frequent trouble sleeping
- Unexplained injuries like bruises, burns, or scars
- Instances of wandering or elopement
- 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
- Frequently misplaced or lost personal items
- A lack of necessities, including utilities, water, and food
- A dirty room or bathroom
If you notice any new, troubling behavior in your loved one or witness something wrong at the facility yourself, take immediate action. Document your experiences and speak to management. They should take all your concerns seriously and take measures to fix the issue so it doesn’t happen again. However, if they dismiss your experiences or fail to take any action, it may be time to seek legal counsel and determine if your loved one has suffered personal injury as defined by the law.Levin & Perconti can Help
If you believe the rights of your special needs loved one have been violated at a care facility, the attorneys at Levin & Perconti have the expertise and experience to help you navigate your options within the legal system. Our attorneys have prosecuted hundreds of personal injury 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
- Verbal Abuse
If you’re not sure you have a case, we can help you find out. If you are ready to seek justice for your family and pursue a resolution, we are ready to do that too. All you need to do is click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 today, and we’ll help you determine your next steps in protecting your loved one.
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.