Alden Terrace of McHenry
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 Terrace of McHenry
- Facility name: Alden Terrace of McHenry
- Facility address: 803 Royal Drive, McHenry, IL, 60050
- Facility phone: (815) 344-2600
Alden Terrace of McHenry is a large, 316 certified bed, for-profit rehabilitative, “transitional care” facility. Alden’s web advertising describes upscale, “5 star” care, making it appear superior to the standard nursing home. Their website boasts a holistic approach to quality care, using innovative therapies designed to send patients home as quickly and safely as possible.
Luxurious accommodations and indulgent amenities are intended to make Alden a wonderful place to call home while recuperating from surgery or a hospital stay. While many Alden facilities are highly rated by Medicare, and have very few care violations on record, there are always exceptions. Alden Terrace of McHenry is one of those exceptions. With 24 complaints resulting in a health citation in the past three years, this facility was given at two-star “below average” overall rating by Medicare.gov. Here are just a few examples of the care violations:
07/30/2018 Failure to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to be sure the nursing home environment is free from hazards, failure to ensure safety of all residents from abuse. The facility received multiple citations in relation to an incident where a resident was assaulted and injured by another resident. The resident that attacked has multiple dementia and mood disturbances on their file. They have notes referencing violent behavioral symptoms that is exhibited every 1-3 days.
On the day of the incident, the resident was noted to be very angry and agitated from 3pm and attempted to leave the facility. A CNA was keeping an eye on the resident, but was otherwise passing out medicines and attending to others. When she checked in, she saw the resident pull another resident by the hair, and they landed on the floor, bleeding. The attacking resident should have been removed from the area before it escalated to someone getting injured.
06/11/2018 Failure to provide appropriate pressure ulcer care and prevent new ulcers from developing. Pressure injury reduction measures were not taken for multiple residents that are at high risk for developing pressure sores. One resident was observed with no pressure reduction measures in place, and while they were supposed to be repositioned every 2 hours to reduce pressure, they were observed to have not been turned in almost 4 hours and care staff was not clear on what sort of other pressure interventions should be in place.
06/11/2018 Failure to provide enough nursing staff every day to meet the needs of every resident; and have a licensed nurse in charge on each shift. Based on observation, the facility failed to provide sufficient staffing to meet the residents’ needs. Care like toileting and changing of incontinence briefs that should be happening every two hours is only happening a few times a day, sometimes leaving individuals in soiled and soaked incontinence briefs for 10 hours. Some residents stated they are not showered regularly.
What You can do
If you have a loved one at Alden Terrace of McHenry and have concerns about the care they are receiving, don’t hesitate to contact us at Levin & Perconti to learn more about Alden Terrace’s track record for care and staffing. This information may help you protect your loved one from suffering the effects of neglect due to understaffing.
Health violations due to poor care and understaffing plague nursing homes in Illinois and across the US, but these facilities aren’t going to be quick to share that information. While this information is generally publicly available, you’ll have to dig. That’s why Levin & Perconti stays on top of any care violations that occur at Illinois nursing homes and healthcare facilities – to keep you informed.
The expert Illinois elder abuse attorneys at Levin & Perconti review the health violations and stand with the families and their loved ones affected, as well as those who have lost a loved one as a result of negligence or abuse at a nursing home or health care facility. We hold these facilities responsible for their negligence and get the families the compensation they deserve. In our experience, we have seen that elder abuse and negligence comes in many forms. Some of the matters we have seen are:
How You can get Help
When you suspect issues like these, it is your right to ask questions – and you should be given clear, professional answers from the facility administration. Any aggressiveness or attempts to deceive or avoid your questioning should not be tolerated. Levin & Perconti are widely known, well respected leaders in nursing home negligence and abuse litigation. We are advocates for creating a healthy nursing home environment where intentionally low staffing, negligent care and abuse will not be tolerated.
If you feel that your loved one may be the subject of negligence at Alden Terrace of McHenry or any other Illinois nursing home or health care center, Contact Levin and Perconti online, or call us at 877-374-1417 to set up a free, confidential, no obligation consultation with our experienced elder abuse and nursing home neglect lawyers.
Disclaimer: The above inspection findings are taken from public sources, including the Illinois Department of Health and from Medicare inspection conducted at the facility. Levin & Perconti cannot confirm that this page’s content represents the latest information available. The inspection findings published here are not complete. You may find the most up to date information at www.il.gov or medicare.gov. Any deficiencies/citations listed on this page may have been corrected or substantially corrected after the date of the inspection and date of publishing this material. This page is a legal advertisement and a resource of information for visitors. This material is not endorsed by the facility identified or by any governmental agency. Levin and Perconti does not have any affiliation with the facility mentioned.
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.