Alden North Shore Rehab and Health Care Center
It’s difficult to think about not being able to take care of yourself and doing all the activities you enjoy someday, but it’s a fact of life that many aging Americans will require assistance with daily tasks in their later years.
Many may also require caregiving and rehabilitation services on a short-term basis after illness or injury. Today all these needs are met by the growing number of assisted living facilities throughout the country.
However, while the purpose of these facilities is caregiving, all too often residents suffer injury and indignity from abuse and neglect by careless and shameless staff. Most assisted living employees are honest professionals, but even good people make mistakes when they are overworked or have limited resources or training. Most mistakes will be relatively harmless, but it only takes one dangerous mistake or unethical employee to cause serious harm.
If you anticipate requiring assisted living services in the future, Levin & Perconti wants to help keep you safe. That’s why we share information to help you pick the best facility possible and know what to watch for to keep yourself or other loved ones safe. We share ratings from medicare.gov for Illinois nursing homes so you can find the best rated ones and we offer tips for recognizing and reporting elder abuse.
Finally, if you or a family member ever do suffer abuse and neglect an assisted living facility, we are here to help you build a case and seek justice.
About Alden North Shore Rehab and Health Care Center
5050 West Touhy Avenue
Skokie, IL 60077
Alden North Shore Rehab and Health Care Center is a rehabilitation facility with 93 beds. It specializes in short-term rehabilitation, transitional care, and post-acute services in luxurious accommodations.
Medicare rates Alden North Shore Rehab and Health Care Center as Much Above Average. This rating takes into account a Below Average staff rating balanced by Much Above Average ratings for quality measures and health inspections.
The health inspection rating is most important to look at when picking a nursing home. Despite having such a high health inspection rating, some deficiencies were reported at Alden North Shore Rehab and Health Care Center in 2018. Here are the findings from the most recent health inspection report:
6/21/18 Failure to provide care and assistance to perform activities of daily living for any resident who is unable. The facility failed to assist two residents identified as needing assistance for grooming and personal hygiene. One resident was observed as being unshaven, having untrimmed nails, having dried drool around the mouth, and lying on urine-soaked sheets. The second resident was observed as being unshaven and had expressed the desire for more showers.
Taking Action 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 mitigate the risks of neglect or abuse.
Start with thorough research 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 for yourself what the environment and staff are like. You might even stop in unannounced to briefly observe the daily goings on when there aren’t any tours for visitors planned.
Consult with family or close friends about what you want from an assisted living facility and the care you expect to receive. Documenting your wishes might come in handy in the future. When you do move into a facility, arrange for frequent visits and communication with loved ones so they can help monitor your care and support you.
Educate yourselves on the 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 or experience anything untoward, don’t be afraid to question staff about facility policies and protocols. It can be awkward to speak up if you are unsure if what you’ve experienced is criminal or if you don’t want to be perceived as complaining, but you always have the right to ask about your care. If you aren’t comfortable reporting something yourself, ask friends or family to help.
Document any questionable treatment you’ve experienced, and take your findings to the facility management as soon as possible. They should be willing to hear you out and take immediate corrective action. However, if they become dismissive or defensive and fail to make improvements, it may be time to seek legal aid.
Contact Levin & Peconti
We hope it never comes to this for you, but Levin & Perconti have seen enough elder abuse cases, including the kinds listed below, to know that it does happen in the state of Illinois. But we are here to help.
- 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 elder abuse in an Illinois assisted living facility, you do have rights. Levin & Perconti is dedicated to fighting for personal injury victims who need help bringing negligent nursing homes to court. We have the experience and expertise you need on your side now. All you have to do is click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 any time to get the help you need fighting for your rights.
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.