Alden Des Plaines Rehab and Health Care Center
Assisted living facilities are often thought of as the place senior citizens move to late in life when they can no longer live independently, but that’s not necessarily the case. Many such facilities also offer short-term services for older people needing care after surgery or other medical procedures that do not necessitate hospitalization but still require more care than they could receive at home. Today, these facilities offer care for a variety of patients with the goal of helping them recover and go back to their everyday activities at home.
Although many of these short-term residents return to independent living, while they are recuperating, they experience a degree of vulnerability that puts them at risk for the kind of elder abuse and neglect usually associated with longer-term nursing home residents. Poorly trained or careless staff are indiscriminate when it comes to the type of resident they harm. If you or a loved one will be receiving rehabilitative care at an assisted living facility, be watchful for any mistreatment.
This kind of mistreatment, although uncommon, ranges from minor to severe. Here’s a few examples of what we at Levin & Perconti have personally seen cases involving
- Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
- Clogged Breathing Tubes
- Falls, Improper Transfers, Drops by Staff
- Malnutrition and/or Dehydration
- Medication Errors
- Physical or Sexual Assault or Abuse
- Pressure Sores
- Sepsis and Other Infections
- Unauthorized Physical and/or Chemical Restraint Use
- Verbal Abuse
- Wandering and Elopement from facilities
This is why we share information taken from public records about Illinois nursing homes like Alden Des Plaines Rehab and Health Care Center so you can choose the best facility possible for your rehabilitative care. We’ve also included tips below about what to do if you or a family member do experience neglect or abuse by nursing home staff. After prosecuting hundreds of assisted living facilities, Levin & Perconti are dedicated to helping people make informed decisions about where they and elderly loved ones receive care.About Alden Des Plaines Rehab and Health Care Center
1221 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Alden Des Plaines Rehab and Health Care Center is a short-term care facility that has 110 beds and offers short-term rehabilitation, transitional care, and post-acute services. It is known for its many post-acute rehabilitation programs for orthopedic, cardiac, pulmonary, and neurology patients.
Medicare gives Alden Des Plaines an overall rating of Much Above Average. This rating takes into account an Above Average health inspection rating, Above Average staffing rating, and a Much Above Average quality measures rating.
While the health inspection rating is good, a number of infractions were found during inspections in 2018, including but not limited to the following:
6/8/18 Failure to provide enough food/fluids to maintain a resident’s health. The facility failed to ensure proper nutrition and sustenance was provided to a resident with pressure sores and a history of significant weight loss as well as to follow a physician-ordered fluid restriction for another resident.
6/8/18 Failure to provide pharmaceutical services to meet the needs of each resident and employ or obtain the services of a licensed pharmacist. The facility was found to have failed to follow their policy in documenting reconciled controlled and narcotic substances during each shift and storing Schedule II controlled medications under proper security. The facility also failed to follow their policy in documentation of medications administered to a resident.
6/8/18 Failure to provide or get specialized rehabilitative services as required for a resident. Staff failed to evaluate a resident’s swallowing abilities and to recommend a proper diet upon admission. A resident was readmitted with doctor’s orders for a pureed diet but was instead given normal foods based on an assessment from a previous admittance.How to Prevent Elder Abuse in Assisted Living
If you or a loved one has been neglected or abused at Alden Des Plaines Rehab and Health Care Center or another Illinois nursing home, you should take immediate action.
First, if the residency has not ended, continue to be vigilant. Watch for signs of neglect and abuse, including:
- Untreated severe bedsores
- Unexplained injuries like bruises, burns, or scars
- Evidence of poor circulation like sunken cheeks or eyes
- Weight loss or malnourishment not due directly to an illness
- Frequent trips to the emergency room or doctor
- Wrong type or the wrong amount of medication administered
- Poor hygiene or unwashed clothes or hair
- 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
- Rude or disrespectful staff
- Frequent trouble sleeping
- Unusual violent or withdrawn behavior
- Sudden depression or confusion
- Signs of trauma like rocking back and forth
It’s important to note that your loved one might not speak up if they’re experiencing abuse or neglect, either from a sense of embarrassment or a wish to avoid troubling you with their problems. You must pay close attention to determine if anything is amiss.
Next, document any signs of abuse or questionable behavior. Don’t be afraid to question staff about best practices and protocols if you see something that seems suspicious or if you know something they do is against a resident’s wishes or doctor’s orders.
Finally, take your documentation to the facility’s management. They should be willing to hear you out and take immediate action. However, if they dismiss your concerns or become defensive and fail to satisfactorily resolve the problem, you may need to seek legal aid.Levin & Perconti Can Help
If you or a loved one have suffered personal injury due to nursing home negligence, the attorneys at Levin & Perconti can help. We’ve fought for hundreds of elder abuse victims and we will fight for you too. You deserve justice and compensation. If you’re ready to pursue an elder abuse case, click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 any time to get a free consultation and the information you need to get started.
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.