Alden Lakeland Rehab and Health Care Center
September 27th, 2022 – Residents of six Chicago area nursing facilities filed a class action suit against the Alden Group seeking to end chronic and intentional understaffing at the facilities. The complaint alleges Alden staffing was significantly below even the statutory minimum required nursing hours during the time period from 2018 through 2020, leading to numerous injuries and illness. While Alden profits, residents pay a painful and sometimes even deadly price. AARP Foundation, Levin & Perconti, HSPRD Legal, and Equip for Equality are representing the class and seeking monetary, declaratory, and injunctive relief to correct dangerous conditions that have resulted from understaffing the facilities. If you are a current or former resident at an Alden Group facility and have sustained injuries or experienced insufficient care, contact us today.
About Alden Lakeland Rehab and Health Care Center
820 West Lawrence
Chicago, IL 60640
Alden Lakeland Rehab and Health Care Center is a large rehabilitation facility with 300 beds. It specializes in short-term rehabilitation, transitional care, and post-acute services in luxurious accommodations.
Medicare awarded Alden Lakeland Rehab and Health Care Center a mere Average overall rating in 2018, taking into account an Above Average quality measures rating, a Below Average staffing rating, and an Average health inspection rating.
The health inspection rating is most important to look at when picking a nursing home. Here are some of the infractions noted on most recent health inspection reports:
6/7/2018 Failure to reasonably accommodate the needs and preferences of each resident. Four residents reported broken or misplaced call lights, preventing them from calling for assistance from staff. It was also found that the facility had failed to provide a method of communication for a non-English speaking resident.
6/7/18 Failure to provide care and assistance to perform activities of daily living for any resident who is unable. The facility failed to ensure that fourteen residents who depend on staff assistance for their activities of daily living care and grooming received nail care, oral care, wear appropriate clean clothing, and are shaved. Residents were observed with dirty nails, dried food debris around mouths, as unshaven and with hair disheveled, dressed in a facility gown when personal clothing was available, or dressed in dirty clothing.
6/7/18 Failure to honor the resident’s right to a safe, clean, comfortable and homelike environment, including but not limited to receiving treatment and supports for daily living safely. The facility failed to ensure resident care items were labeled with the residents’ names and room numbers and were stored in a sanitary manner. Wash basins and bedpans were not stored in a sanitary manner. A soiled urinal was found open in a bathroom and giving the bathroom a foul smell. Toiletry items were found with no labels as to whose they were. These conditions affected seven residents.
How to Protect Assisted Living Residents
If you are concerned about the safety of an elderly loved one in nursing home care, there are things you can do to reduce the chances of them suffering some form of neglect or abuse.
Start by doing your best to find a highly rated nursing home with few complaints or health infractions. You can find these ratings on medicare.gov or read reviews from other residents and families online.
Tour multiple prospective facilities to see what the environment and staff are like. Stop in unannounced to ask a question or two and observe the daily activities while there isn’t a carefully planned tour going on.
After your loved one moves into a facility, regularly look up new reviews and ratings online to see if anything has changed. Visit and communicate with your family member as often as possible so you can monitor how they’re being treated. Pay attention to how clean the facility is and how the staff behaves towards residents when you visit. Also become familiar with common signs of neglect and abuse. There are many, but here’s a list to get you started:
- 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
If you observe anything untoward, don’t be afraid to question staff about facility policies and protocols. Document anything you find wrong and take your findings to the facility management. They should be willing to take your concerns seriously and seek efficient solutions. However, if they become dismiss or defenseless and fail to take corrective action, it may be time to seek legal help.
Seeking Legal Counsel
Neglect and abuse of vulnerable senior citizens should never occur, but unfortunately it does. The attorneys at Levin & Perconti have seen and personally prosecuted cases with every type of abuse, including 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
We are dedicated to protecting the rights of Illinois assisted living residents from elder abuse and neglect, but we need your help to do it. If your family has done everything in its power to protect a loved one from a dangerous nursing home and have no options left, it’s time to call us for help. We’ve won verdicts and settlements for hundreds of elder abuse victims, and we’re prepared to do so for you and your relative. To get started, click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 any time so we can help you help someone you love.
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.
Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf.