Alden Estates of Shorewood
Most recent numbers show that there are well over a million senior citizens residing in assisted living in the United States each year, and tens of thousands of them will report and file complaints of elder abuse with the help of their families. While many of these complaints will be resolved by facility management with better protocols or the removal of a problem employee, too many will require litigation to appropriately compensate the injured party and their family.
Luckily some of these cases can be prevented when families are informed as to the level of care to expect at a given nursing home and what to look for when they suspect abuse of an elderly loved one. That’s why Levin & Perconti publish information from public records about the ratings Illinois assisted living facilities receive from government agencies such as Medicare. We want you to know how to find the best facility for your relative so that they don’t become a statistic. Your senior family members deserve the best care, and that’s exactly what the attorneys at Levin & Perconti fight for.About Alden Estates of Shorewood
710 W Black Road
Shorewood, IL 60404
Alden Estates of Shorewood is an assisted living facility with a 100-bed capacity offering short-term rehabilitation, transitional, and post-acute care. They advertise “luxurious accommodations and five-star amenities.”
Medicare gives Alden Estates of Shorewood an overall rating of Above Average. Part of this rating includes an impressive Above Average rating for health inspection findings. Nevertheless, the facility did have a number of complaints recorded for 2018, including the following:
9/19/18 Failure to reasonably accommodate the needs and preferences of each resident. Residents reported that it can take as long as 30-60 minutes for staff to respond to call lights and in some cases call lights are broken, making it difficult or impossible for residents to request help.
3/16/18 Failure to immediately tell the resident, the resident’s doctor, and a family member of situations (injury/decline/room, etc.) that affect the resident. Staff failed to notify a health care provider of the need to alter treatment due to adverse effects for a resident in a timely fashion, resulting in the delayed start of antibiotic medication.
1/9/2018 Failure to honor the resident’s right to request, refuse, and/or discontinue treatment, to participate in or refuse to participate in experimental research, and to formulate an advance directive. Staff failed to ensure that a resident’s right to refuse a TB screening was honored and instead allowed intradermal injections to screen for TB to be administered despite the resident’s and resident’s family’s wishes.Protecting Your Loved One
It can be worrying to trust the care of your elderly family member to strangers, but you can rest assured that most assisted living facilities provide excellent care to their residents. There are also things you can do to ensure your loved one is safe during their residency.
The first step is doing your research to pick a good nursing home. You can do this easily online by looking up reviews and ratings, like the ones we share here. Assisted living facilities also offer tours. If possible, tour multiple times and even stop by unannounced to observe the daily goings-on of the facility.
Once your loved one has moved in, talk to them and visit often to keep tabs on their well-being. While visiting you can assess their health and care and observe the cleanliness of the facility and staff behavior. If you witness anything that doesn’t seem right, don’t be afraid to ask questions about standards and protocols.
There are signs you can look for that may indicate your relative is suffering from neglect or abuse. Some of these signs include unexplained injuries such as fractures, burns, and bruises, as well as frequent hospitalizations. Other physical signs include severe bedsores, sudden weight loss, poor hygiene, and unkempt appearance.
An abused elderly person may exhibit sudden changes in behavior. Note if your loved one suddenly becomes unusually withdrawn, violent, agitated, or confused.
Other signs at the facility may further indicate neglect, such as a dirty room or bathroom, incorrectly administered medicine or medical treatment, or any instance when staff fail to give a resident appropriate privacy and respect.
If you observe or hear of anything amiss, document the incident and take your concerns to the facility’s management. They should be willing to answer any questions and act on solutions to prevent future events. If they fail to do this satisfactorily, however, you may need to resort to legal action.Seek Legal Aid
There are many different reasons to take a nursing home to court for neglect and abuse of a senior loved one. Here’s just a few kinds of cases that the attorneys at Levin & Perconti have brought to court on behalf of elderly clients and their families:
- Physical or Sexual Assault or Abuse
- Falls, Improper Transfers, Drops by Staff
- Medication Errors
- Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
- Pressure Sores
- Clogged Breathing Tubes
- Sepsis and Other Infections
- Unauthorized Physical and/or Chemical Restraint Use
- Verbal Abuse
- Malnutrition and/or Dehydration
- Wandering and Elopement from facilities
If your family member has suffered personal injury at the hands of an assisted living facility, or if you’re not sure you have a case, Levin & Perconti can help. Our attorneys have the expertise you need to get answers and seek justice for abused or neglected residents of Illinois nursing homes like Alden Estates of Shorewood and others. We’ve prosecuted and won hundreds of elder abuse cases for families like yours and are available 24/7 to answer your questions. Just click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 today for a free consultation.
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.