Most families will not be equipped to care for an adult with medical or special needs long term. They just don’t have the training, time, or resources, and this is entirely understandable. Luckily there are many wonderful assisted living facilities available to take on this type of care. With trained staff and special accommodations for many disabilities, these homes are ideal for giving adults with special needs their best quality of life.
However, no facility or staff member is perfect, and sometimes untrained or unscrupulous caregivers are hired. While most are good people who will try their best to give professional care despite their shortcomings, some may be dangerously careless and others outright violent. Tragically, abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults is not unheard of in assisted living environments.
Levin & Perconti recognizes the risks of nursing home neglect and abuse that residents of assisted living facilities face and are dedicated to helping families find safe accommodations for their loved ones. That is why we publish information about Illinois assisted living facilities, such as Alden Springs, and tips for protecting your family member from dangerous caregivers.
About Alden Springs
207 Army Trail Rd
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Alden Springs is a group home that provides intermediate care for adults who are developmentally disabled and do not include continuous skilled nursing. The facility has 16 beds and offers comprehensive care services in a homelike environment. Services include 24/7 residential care, schooling, day training, behavior intervention and treatment, and recreation programming. Their goal is to help each individual develop to their fullest potential.
Alden Springs is not a Medicare certified facility, so there are not public health inspection reports or ratings available for the facility. However, facilities owned and operated by the Alden Network around Illinois that are Medicare certified typically receive high ratings for health inspections and other quality measures.
Protect Your Loved One in Assisted Living
If you are concerned about protecting a family member living in assisted living, know that there are things you can do to help minimize the risks of abuse.
First, pick a highly rated facility with a history of few complaints. You can research reviews online to see what others have experienced at prospective homes. If you’re considering a Medicare certified residence, look it up on medicare.gov for health inspection ratings and complaints.
When your research has identified some promising homes, schedule tours to see what they’re really like in person. Ask probing questions and note how well the facility is maintained and how the staff interact with residents. If possible, also pay an unexpected visit to see how things appear when they aren’t prepared for guests.
After you pick a facility and your family member is moved in, visit or talk to them as often as possible so they can make you aware of any problems. On your visits, continue to pay attention to the cleanliness of the facility and how staff treat residents.
Learn the signs of abuse and neglect so you can spot any that your loved one displays. There are many, and you will know best if anything seems off about your family member, but here are a few common ones to keep in mind:
- Unexplained injuries like bruises, burns, or scars
- 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
- Frequent trouble sleeping
- Unusual violent or withdrawn behavior
- 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
If you ever suspect abuse at an assisted living facility, take immediate action. Document any observations or proof of the abuse and take it to the facility administration. They should take your concerns seriously enough to hear you out and take appropriate action to rectify the situation. However, if they instead become dismissive and defensive or fail to fix the problem and prevent further harm, it’s time to seek legal action.
Seeking Legal Aid
If you have a loved one who has suffered personal injury at an assisted living facility, Levin & Perconti have the experience to take the case. We have prosecuted abuse cases including, but not limited to, 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
You and your family have rights under Illinois law and we are here to fight for them. We have won hundreds of cases for personal injury victims and are ready to take on yours. If you’re ready to get started, click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 any time. We are here and ready to help.
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.