Alden Town Manor Rehab & Health Care Center
Elder abuse is the act of causing harm to an elderly person within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust. It can be perpetrated by a relative, friend, or hired caregiver. Elder abuse is illegal but far too common. One place it is increasingly being reported is in assisted living communities.
In assisted living, elderly residents expect to receive professional, dignified care by trained staff. But when staff members overlook important health codes, violate resident privacy, make medical mistakes, ignore resident needs, fail to clean the facility, treat residents with disrespect, or intentionally injure a resident, they violate residents’ trust and the law.
It is often up to family and friends of vulnerable residents to protect them from such treatment by checking on them regularly and quickly reporting any signs of neglect or abuse. There are many signs of abuse and neglect that loved ones should look for, including but not limited to the following:
- 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- Unusual violent or withdrawn behavior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
Friends or family who detect signs of abuse or neglect of an assisted living resident should take action immediately. Document what you’ve seen and confront the facility management. They should take such concerns seriously and take any action necessary to prevent further harm. However, if they react defensively or fail to prevent further incidents of harm, it may be time to resort to legal action. Picking a safe assisted living facility Of course, the best course of action is to prevent abuse in the first place. You can never know for sure if an assisted living facility will protect your loved one at all times, but you can greatly lower the risk of abuse by picking a safe, highly rated facility.
To do this, do thorough research into the nursing homes in your area. Look up ratings and inspection reports on medicare.gov. Read posts from other residents and families on your favorite review sites. Ask acquaintances about their experiences with facilities they or their relatives have lived in. And take tours of multiple residences to get a feel for the atmosphere and maintenance of each. Use your best judgment and listen to your instincts when assessing the safety and practices of each nursing home.
At Levin & Perconti, we know how much pressure there is to pick the perfect community for your aging loved one. That’s why we share information taken from public records for Illinois facilities, such as Alden Town Manor. We want you to have easy access to that information so you can make an informed decision about the care your family member receives.
About Alden Town Manor
6120 West Ogden
Cicero, IL 60804
Alden Town Manor is a large rehabilitation and health care facility that offers short-term rehabilitation, transitional care, and post-acute services. It has 249 beds.
Medicare gave Alden Town Manor a disappointingly low overall rating of Much Below Average. While it received an Above Average rating for quality measures, its overall rating is brought down by a staffing rating of Much Below Average and a health inspection rating of Below Average.
These low ratings likely correlate to a number of health inspection infractions noted in 2018. Below is a sampling of these infractions.
4/5/18 Failure to ensure that a nursing home area is free from accident hazards and provides adequate supervision to prevent accidents. The facility failed to ensure chemicals were kept out of reach of residents, potentially affecting 15 residents. A resident in the dementia care unit was observed wandering around the unit before finding a can of aerosol air freshener in her bathroom and spraying an excessive amount in the bathroom twice. The can was found still in the bathroom the next day and displayed warnings typical of household chemicals. Such chemicals in the hands of a dementia resident puts all residents on that floor at risk of dangerous inhalation and irritation.
4/5/18 Failure to provide appropriate foot care. It was reported that the facility failed to identify, assess, or treat thumb nail fungus in a resident. The resident was observed as having inches-long thumb nails that were thickened with discoloration two days in a row and required prescriptions for anti-fungal oral medication and topical cream. Medical notes for the resident failed to note when the fungus first appeared.
4/5/18 Failure to provide care and assistance to perform activities of daily living for any resident who is unable. The facility failed to ensure that five residents who depend on staff assistance for their activities of daily living care received nail care and were shaved. All were observed with long fingernails that had caked brownish-black substances underneath the nail beds. Two had also not been shaved.
Seeking Justice for Elder Abuse Victims
When a vulnerable loved one suffers personal injury, it can be heartbreaking and disorienting. You need someone on your side who has experience and expertise in fighting for the rights of elder abuse victims. Let Levin & Perconti be that someone. Our attorneys have prosecuted cases of all types, including but not limited to ones involving:
- 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 need help prosecuting an abusive Illinois assisted living facility or aren’t even sure if you have a case, click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 to get the information you need. We take calls at all hours of the day and night to better serve you.
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.