Alden Lincoln Park Rehab and Health Care Center
If you’re a senior citizen who will need rehabilitation services after surgery or a major medical procedure, there are many short-term assisted living facilities to choose from. In fact, the number of choices might be overwhelming. It’s tempting to pick one that’s closest to home or the cheapest or has a familiar name. But will you get the care you deserve there?
All too often assisted living and rehab centers find themselves short staffed. Whether it’s because they can’t pay for enough staff or can’t find enough qualified caregivers doesn’t matter; what does matter is how it affects the level of care you receive. Fewer caregivers means less attention to spread out among residents, which means important protocols can fall through the cracks and standards slip. This is a recipe for neglect and even abuse of residents.
If you will be receiving care at an Illinois short-term rehab center, Levin & Perconti wants to give you the information to protect yourself from careless staff. We share nursing home ratings from public records on Medicaid.gov for individual facilities to help you pick a safe facility, and we offer tips for identifying signs of nursing home abuse and neglect while you’re there. We wish you the best in your rehabilitation, but if you do experience any mistreatment, we are here to help you seek appropriate recourse.
About Alden Lincoln Park Rehab and Health Care Center
504 West Wellington Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
Alden Lincoln Park Rehab and Health Care Center is a rehabilitation facility with 96 beds. It specializes in short-term rehabilitation, transitional care, and post-acute services in luxurious accommodations.
Medicare awarded Alden Lincoln Park Rehab and Health Care Center an overall rating of Above Average in 2018. This rating includes a Much 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:
9/26/18 Failure to provide care and assistance to perform activities of daily living for any resident who is unable. The facility failed to ensure residents were shaved, fingernails were clean and trimmed, and hair was groomed. This affected four residents. An additional resident was found to have not received necessary physical assistance while eating.
9/26/18 Failure to provide enough food/fluids to maintain a resident’s health. The facility failed to provide dietary interventions of supplements and snacks as ordered by a dietician and physician and failed to follow further dietary interventions for a resident, resulting in dangerous weight loss.
9/26/18 Failure to honor the resident’s right to a dignified existence, self-determination, communication, and to exercise his or her rights. The facility failed to provide a form of communication in the primary languages of two residents and in a manner that they could understand. Staff were relying solely on body language to communicate with a Chinese-speaking resident and had no plan in place for communicating with an Albanian-speaking resident.
Acting Against Elder Abuse
If you are concerned about the safety of yourself or a loved one while in assisted living, there are things you can do to reduce the chances 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.
Make sure family or friends know where you will be staying during your rehabilitation and make arrangements for visits and frequent communication. Pay attention to how clean the facility is and how the staff behaves towards residents during your stay 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. Sometimes residents are afraid to say anything because they are unsure if they are experiencing something criminal or they don’t want to be perceived as difficult or they fear retribution. But you always have the right to ask about your care. If you aren’t comfortable reporting something alone, ask friends or family to help.
Document any harm or disrespect you’ve experienced and take your findings to the facility management. They should be willing to take your concerns seriously and implement effective solutions in a timely manner. However, if they become dismissive or defensive and fail to take corrective action, it may be time to seek legal help.
Seeking Legal Counsel
Neglect and abuse of senior citizens should never occur, but unfortunately it does in many forms. The attorneys at Levin & Perconti have personally prosecuted cases 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
If you or someone you love have been the victim of personal injury at the hands of an assisted living or rehabilitation facility in Illinois, please know you have rights. If you are unsure if you have a case or what the next steps are, the expert attorneys at Levin & Perconti can give you the information you need. We specialize in elder abuse cases and can tell you everything you need to know. Just click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 any time to get all the answers and help you need.
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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