Alden Princeton Nursing & Rehab 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 Princeton Nursing & Rehab Center
255 West 69th Street
Chicago, IL 60621
Alden Princeton Nursing & Rehab Center offers round-the-clock short-term rehabilitation, transitional care, and skilled nursing. The facility has 225 beds and is Medicare-certified.
Medicare rated Alden Princeton Nursing & Rehab Center as Below Average, overall. This is due to a Much Below Average staffing rating and a Below Average health inspection rating. Here are a few of the deficiencies described in the most recent health inspection report for Alden Princeton Nursing & Rehab Center:
3/15/18 Failure to ensure services provided by the nursing facility meet professional standards of quality. The facility was found to have broken professional standards by allowing a licensed practical nurse instead of a registered nurse flush a resident’s portacatheter and sign off on medical paperwork.
3/15/18 Failure to provide care and assistance to perform activities of daily living for any resident who is unable. The facility failed to ensure residents’ fingernails were cleaned and trimmed. Three residents were observed with long and soiled fingernails.
3/15/18 Failure to provide appropriate care for residents who are continent or incontinent of bowel/bladder, appropriate catheter care, and appropriate care to prevent urinary tract infections. It was found that staff failed to cover the tubing ends of urinary catheter drainage bags, properly dispose of used catheter drainage bags, and provide incontinence care in a timely manner. Two residents complained of being left wet for hours. Catheter tubing and bags were not handled properly for another resident who has a history of urinary tract infections.
You Can Protect Your Loved One
Elder abuse and neglect come in many forms. The nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Levin & Perconti have personally seen cases of 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 our attorneys are experts at handling these kinds of cases, we believe that it should never come to that. That’s why Levin & Perconti shares the tips you’ll find below to help you keep your elderly loved one safe in assisted living.
Our first tip is to pick a highly rated nursing home. You can do this by researching ratings online through government websites like medicare.gov. You can also look for online reviews of local nursing homes posted by current or previous residents and their families.
When you identify some promising facilities, we suggest you schedule tours so you can see the properties yourself. On these tours, note things like cleanliness and how staff interact with residents. Bring a list of questions with you concerning aspects of care that would pertain to your loved one so you can learn about specific protocols.
After you select a nursing home and your relative moves in, stay in close contact so you can monitor their care and they can report harmful activity to you. Visiting is the best way to do this, as it allows you to see your family member’s living conditions yourself.
Many victims of abuse cannot or will not report hurtful behavior, so you should be aware of the signs of abuse. There are many, but you can start with these:
- 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 observe abuse of a loved one or signs of it, take immediate action to report it and prevent it from happening in the future.
Document what you have seen and take it to the facility’s management. They should take your experiences seriously and thoroughly investigate the situation, then take immediate action to rectify the situation. However, if they become dismissive or defensive, or fail to take satisfactory action, you may need to resort to legal action.
Levin & Perconti can Help
If an Illinois assisted living facility has failed to provide safe care for your loved one, and they have suffered personal harm as a result, you might have an elder abuse case. Your loved one has rights and they should be protected. If you’re ready to take action and hold the facility at fault accountable, fill out our online contact form or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 as soon as possible to get started. Our attorneys will take your concerns seriously and help you determine your next steps.
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.