The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk To End Alzheimer’s – Chicago will be held Sunday, September 29th. Check in and festivities begin at 8:00AM at Montrose Harbor at Montrose and Simonds Drive. As of today, the Chicago Alzheimer’s Association has raised over $200,000 towards their goal of over $700,000.
As a Chicago nursing home lawyer, I’ve met with many nursing home residents and their families who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease. It’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t had experience with the disease just how devastating it is to the individual as well as their families.
Many people associate Alzheimer’s disease with loss of memory. While that is the most well known aspect of the disease, it’s far from the only one. Alzheimer’s disease is a fatal condition. The memory loss is just the first recognizable symptom of a condition that essentially robs the victim of their entire personality.
Eventually Alzheimer’s disease patients can develop delusions, lose their reflexes, the ability to eat and swallow, and control their bodies. Needless to say, Alzheimer’s patients at this stage of the disease are extremely susceptible to nursing home neglect.
Dehydration and malnutrition are two common ways that Alzheimer’s residents are neglected in nursing homes. Because of their difficulty swallowing, Alzheimer’s residents are often placed on unnecessary feeding tubes because staff members don’t have the time to feed them at an appropriate speed.
If you have a loved one in an Illinois nursing home, and you suspect they may be the victims of nursing home neglect, contact my law offices for a free and confidential evaluation of your case. At the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, we offer a free and confidential evaluation to anyone who feels their loved one has been abused or neglected.