Alden Meadow Park
Every year, US authorities receive more than half a million reports of elder abuse, and that’s just the incidents that get reported. Millions of other vulnerable senior citizens who are unable to defend themselves from bullying or physical abuse suffer in silence. Often the site of this abuse is the very place they’re put to be safe and well cared for— nursing homes. Away from family and under the care of strangers, too many elderly residents in assisted living find themselves in a dangerous situation.
Luckily, not every assisted living facility has a record of elder abuse and neglect. But how do you find the safe ones for your relative? Levin & Perconti are here to help.
We’ve seen too many cases of elder abuse and want to help families like yours keep their elderly loved ones safe in assisted living. That’s why we share public information about nursing home inspections so you can find one that provides the level of care and respect you’d expect from professional caregivers.
About Alden Meadow Park
709 Meadow Park Dr.
Clinton, WI 53525
Alden Meadow Park is a short-term rehabilitation and health care facility that offers residents transitional care and skilled nursing in luxury accommodations. The facility has 94 beds and is Medicare-certified.
Medicare awards Alden Meadow Park an overall rating of Average. This rating includes an impressive Much Above Average Rating for quality measures, but Below Average ratings for both staffing and health inspections. Below are a few of the infractions recorded in the latest health inspection report:
5/21/18 Failure to provide and implement an infection prevention and control program. A staff member was observed placing a bloody syringe on a table with no barrier and failed to disinfect the table afterwards. The syringe was then disposed of without being placed in a biohazard container or sharps container.
5/21/18 Failure to notify the resident or the resident’s representative in writing how long the nursing home will hold the resident’s bed in cases of transfer to a hospital or therapeutic leave. The facility failed to provide written notice of the duration of their bed-hold policy to two residents who were being hospitalized. It was found that there was no established bed-hold procedure or staff member assigned to distributing bed-hold notices.
5/21/18 Failure to procure food from sources approved or considered satisfactory and store, prepare, distribute, and serve food in accordance with professional standards. It was found that the facility did not maintain a safe and sanitary environment for food preparation, storage, and distribution, putting all 67 residents at risk of foodborne illness. Tours of the kitchen found several dirty surfaces and appliances as well as old, rotten food.
You can Protect Your Loved One
Levin & Perconti has prosecuted hundreds of personal injury cases, some involving elder abuse and neglect. We’ve seen everything on this list and more:
- Medication Errors
- Malnutrition and/or Dehydration
- Physical or Sexual Assault or Abuse
- Wandering and Elopement from facilities
- Unauthorized Physical and/or Chemical Restraint Use
While we can handle these kinds of legal cases, it’s far better that they never happen at all. That’s why we like to offer some tips for families on how they can help prevent elder abuse and neglect when placing a family member in assisted living.
The key is to pick a nursing home with good ratings. These ratings often come from government programs like Medicare. You can find such ratings on medicare.gov or other government websites. You might also want to research reviews for local nursing homes shared online by current or previous residents and their families.
When you find some highly rated facilities you’re interested in, schedule tours so you can see the properties themselves. On tours, pay attention to how clean the facility is, what services and amenities are offered, and how the staff interact with residents. Ask questions about the vetting of staff and facility protocols. If possible, visit again on a non-tour day to see how the facility functions when it’s not expecting guests.
After you select a nursing home, stay in close contact with your relative so you can monitor their care and they can report any mistreatment to you. It’s helpful to visit regularly so you can see how they are for yourself. Of course, you don’t want to worry unnecessarily, but do be on the lookout for any signs of neglect or abuse that your loved one can’t or won’t tell you about. These signs can be many, but here’s a few to consider:
- 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
If you have reason to believe a loved one is suffering abuse or neglect at the hands of nursing home staff, take immediate action to prevent it from continuing.
Begin documenting any incidents or indications of abuse. Take your concerns and documentation to the facility’s management and explain what you know and suspect. They should be willing to hear you out and investigate the situation. If what you’ve said is found to be true, they should take immediate action to rectify the situation. However, if they react to your statements dismissively or defensively, or fail to take satisfactory action, you may need to seek legal advice.
Levin & Perconti Can Help
When you need legal counsel, Levin & Perconti is here to help. Our attorneys have extensive experience prosecuting cases of personal injury and can give you the answers you need if you believe your loved one has suffered harm in assisted living. We can help determine if you have a case and take you through every step, all the way to a verdict or settlement. If you have questions or concerns about a possible elder abuse case, click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757. We take calls 24/7 to get you the help you need as soon as possible.
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.