Alden Estates of Northmoor
After undergoing a major surgery or other medical procedure, patients usually require some post-operative care overseen by medical professionals. When this care is not so intensive that long-term hospitalization is necessary but is too difficult to administer at home, many older people will go to a short-term rehabilitation facility.
Some of these facilities specialize in transitional care and post-acute services, while others double as long-term residences for seniors who are no longer able to live independently and require late life care. No matter the circumstances, these residents often find themselves in a vulnerable state that puts them at risk for harm from unscrupulous staff or bad policies.
While very few employees of assisted living facilities are hardened criminals looking to victimize elderly residents, careless or poorly trained staff are increasingly common in an industry that’s under strain from the recent influx of retired seniors needing late life care or rehabilitation services. Often facilities fail to train employees in proper protocols and vulnerable residents consequently suffer harm.
While Illinois laws try to protect its citizens from these pitfalls in the senior care industry, Levin & Perconti has seen too many cases of elder abuse and neglect involving the following:
- Medication Errors
- Malnutrition and/or Dehydration
- Physical or Sexual Assault or Abuse
- Wandering and Elopement from facilities
- Unauthorized Physical and/or Chemical Restraint Use
It’s because of cases like these that we now share information about Illinois nursing homes like Alden Estates of Northmoor and others to give you one more tool to prevent and fight elder abuse in your community. Assisted living facility residents rely on family and friends like you to help spot and speak up against crimes perpetrated against them and Levin & Perconti are here to help you do that.
About Alden Estates of Northmoor
5831 North Northwest Highway
Chicago, IL 60631
Alden Estates of Northmoor is a short-term rehabilitation facility that specializes in transitional care and post-acute services with programs for a variety of patients. The facility has 198 beds.
Medicare awards Alden Estates of Northmoor an overall rating of Much Above Average. This rating includes a Much Above Average quality measures rating, Average staffing rating, and Above Average health inspection rating. Despite its excellent health inspection rating, some infractions were documented, including but not limited to the following:
1/12/18 Failure to honor the resident’s right to a dignified existence, self-determination, communication, and to exercise his or her rights. Staff failed to provide care in a dignified manner to four residents. One resident was left lying in an uncomfortable position and unmade bed when the employee helping them was called away and failed to notify anyone that they still needed help. One resident complained of a staff member throwing items to them. One resident found personal belongings rearranged in a way that made it impossible to reach them. Another resident reported a staff member responding to a request under her breath in a foreign language.
1/12/18 Failure to provide appropriate pressure ulcer care and prevent new ulcers from developing. The facility failed to provide regular two-hour repositioning for a resident with stage 4 pressure ulcers, putting the resident at risk for more severe ulcers.
1/12/18 Failure to ensure each resident receives and the facility provides food prepared in a form designed to meet individual needs. The facility failed to provide properly pureed foods for seven residents, putting them at risk of choking.
How to Protect Assisted Living Residents
Residents in assisted living may not be capable of reporting abuse and neglect themselves or seeking legal help to protect their rights when necessary. They need the help of friends and family members to protect them from possible harm. Here’s the basics of what you can do to help them.
First, be vigilant and observant. Visit your loved one at their residence as often as possible and speak with them frequently so they can tell you if anything has happened and you can see staff behaviors yourself. Also, be aware of any signs the resident or the state of the facility might reveal. Signs of neglect and abuse can include
- 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
- Frequent trouble sleeping
- Unusual violent or withdrawn behavior
- Sudden depression or confusion
- Signs of trauma like rocking back and forth
Document any signs of abuse or questionable actions by staff that you observe by taking notes, photos, or video when possible. Don’t be afraid to speak up and question staff about best practices and facility protocols if you see something questionable or if you see something done that is against your loved one’s wishes or their doctor’s orders.
Take your documentation to the facility’s management. They should be willing to hear your concerns and take immediate action to prevent future incidents. However, if they become defensive and uncooperative or the abuse continues, it may be time to resort to legal action.
Levin & Perconti Are Here to Help
If you need help fighting for an elder abuse victim’s rights and have exhausted all other options, Levin & Perconti is here for you. We’ve handled hundreds of personal injury cases and have helped families and friends like you get justice for elderly loved ones. If you’re tired of fighting alone, complete our online contact form or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 and our expert attorneys will take this load off your shoulders.
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.
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