Care for the developmentally disabled has improved by leaps and bounds over the last few decades. Living facilities, in-home services, and educational opportunities have expanded, and all help people with special needs reach their full potential and enjoy a high quality of life.
Such facilities and services are only possible through the hard work of caring, qualified staff. These staff members support adults and children alike in living as productively and independently as possible. There’s a lot of trust placed in staff who provide such valuable services to their communities. So when staff fail to provide appropriate care and a special needs individual suffers some form of neglect or abuse, it’s a serious issue.
Despite the vast improvement in modern care and services for special needs individuals, incidents of abuse and neglect still occur. Laws are in place to protect these vulnerable citizens, but the law is better at doling out consequences than preventing mistreatment. It’s often up to families to be vigilant about the level of care their special needs loved one receives. That’s why Levin & Perconti share public information about care facilities so you can research the best options for your family member. And in the event that your loved one does suffer some harm from a caregiver, we’re also available to answer questions about possible violations of rights.About Alden Village
267 East Lake Street
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Alden Village is a health facility for children and adults with special needs. It provides 24/7 care for infants, children, and adults with severe developmental disabilities in a safe, home-like environment.
Alden Village is not Medicare certified and therefore does not have publicly available government ratings. However, most certified Illinois facilities in the Alden network receive high ratings for health inspections and other quality measures.Protecting Your Loved One
Whether picking a permanent residence for a special needs family member or a facility that offers day services, you want to make sure you pick the right place that fits their needs in a safe, respectful environment where they will be comfortable with the staff. But where do you start?
First, do your research. Look online for ratings from government agencies if available, or just reviews from other families. Other organizations that serve special needs clients may also be able to point you in the right direction.
You want a facility that has a history of high standards of care and provides all of the services your loved one requires. Build a list of such facilities in your area, and schedule tours or meetings with the managers. During your visits, note any maintenance or cleanliness issues and pay attention to how staff interact with clients. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about their policies and best practices.
Now it’s decision time. You will need to balance all of the information you gather with the needs of your relative to pick the ideal place for them. Don’t stress too much though! The majority of facilities for the developmentally disabled are professional, compassionate places with great staff. To further put your mind at ease, know that there are things you can do to help prevent neglect and abuse of a vulnerable individual.
If they are taking up residence in the facility, stay in close contact with your loved one so you are able to monitor their care and they can tell you about anything questionable they experience. If your family member will still 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.
There are signs of abuse you can watch for. The following may not apply to every case, but will give you something to start with as you educate yourself on other indications of abuse:
- 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 basic necessities, including utilities, water, and food
- A dirty room or bathroom
If you notice any unusual, troubling behavior in your loved one or witness staff causing potential or actual harm to a special needs individual, take immediate action. Document your experiences and observations and take the information to management. They should listen to you and take your concerns seriously, implementing any necessary measures to fix the issue.
However, if they dismiss your concerns 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
There are laws governing the treatment of the developmentally disabled in the state of Illinois. If you believe the rights of a special needs individual in your life have been violated and they have suffered harm as a result, Levin & Perconti can help. 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
Whether you are unsure if you have a case or you know your loved one’s caregivers were in violation of the law, we have the answers and expertise to consult with you about next steps. Just click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 today to get the information and peace of mind you need.
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.