Alden Wentworth Nursing & Rehab Center
Each year more than half a million reports of elder abuse are filed in the US, with millions more incidents going unreported. These cases range anywhere from neglect to emotional abuse to outright violence. It can happen at the hands of family, spouses, friends, or professional caregivers, at home or in assisted living facilities. No matter where or how it happens, abuse of vulnerable elderly adults is tragic and illegal.
With this knowledge, it can be scary to entrust the care of your loved one to strangers when it comes time to find them assisted living services. You may be afraid for their safety, and rightly so. However, most nursing homes are comfortable, safe residences who can provide the professional medical care and daily assistance your relative needs. It’s just a matter of finding one of the good facilities, and the nursing home abuse lawyers at Levin & Perconti wants to help.
Read on for information about picking the right assisted living facility for your family member and how to assess their care in their new home. We also share information from public records about health inspection results for Illinois nursing homes to help inform your decision.
Protecting Your Loved One
You’ll feel more at ease if you can place your loved one in a highly rated nursing home. You can find one with some easy internet searches. Government websites like medicare.gov publish health inspection ratings and formal complaints for nursing homes, and you can look for online reviews of facilities posted by current or previous residents and their families. Even a simple Google search can show you if a facility has been in the news–for good or bad–in recent years.
When you’ve found some promising facilities, always schedule tours so you can see them for yourself. You’ll want to pay attention to cleanliness and how staff interact with residents. Bring questions to ask about the services that apply to your relative and about established protocols if any wrongdoing by staff is discovered.
After your loved one moves into your selected nursing home, visit frequently so you can observe their living conditions and establish that your family member has someone checking in on them. It is important for frail senior citizens to have a trusted person outside of the facility that they can disclose mistreatment to.
However, many victims of abuse cannot or will not report hurtful behavior, so you should be assessing your loved one’s physical and emotional state yourself. Abuse reveals itself in many ways. Here are just a few signs to look for:
- 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 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 any mistreatment of a loved one or signs of harm, take immediate action to report it and prevent future incidents.
It helps to have documentation of what you’ve seen, whether that’s photos, video, or just notes. Take your findings to the facility’s management and explain what you’ve experienced. They should hear you out and take immediate action to investigate and rectify the situation. Unfortunately, the problems at nursing homes often originate with management. If they react to your claims dismissively or defensively or fail to take effective action, it may be time to consult the law.
About Alden Wentworth Nursing & Rehab Center
201 West 69th Street
Chicago, IL 60621
Alden Wentworth Nursing & Rehab Center is a large short-term rehabilitation facility that offers transitional care and skilled nursing services. The facility has 300 beds and is Medicare-certified.
Medicare gave Alden Wentworth Nursing & Rehab Center a Much Below Average overall rating, the lowest rating possible. For individual ratings, the facility received an Above Average quality measures rating but Much Below Average ratings for staffing and health inspections. Below are some select infractions as reported during the facility’s last health inspection.
9/7/2018 Failure to honor the resident’s right to a safe, clean, comfortable and homelike environment, including but not limited to receiving treatment and supports for daily living safely. The facility was found to have failed to follow their clothing list policy and record items brought into the facility. They also failed to follow their missing items policy by not promptly investigating a report of missing items for one resident. The resident stated that their personal clothing was missing, and at the time of the report no investigation into the missing items had been made.
9/7/18 Failure to procure food from sources approved or considered satisfactory and store, prepare, distribute, and serve food in accordance with professional standards. Staff failed to ensure a blender air dried before use, with the potential to affect 58 residents on soft and pureed diets. Staff also failed to discard of food after use by dates, and a dietary aide was observed as not wearing a facial hair covering when handling food.
2/16/18 Failure to honor the resident’s right to a safe, clean, comfortable and homelike environment, including but not limited to receiving treatment and supports for daily living safely. It was reported that staff laid a clean pad on top of a resident’s dirty fitted sheet three times instead of changing the soiled sheet.
Need Help? Levin & Perconti is Here for You
If your loved one has suffered personal injury at Alden Wentworth Nursing & Rehab Center or another Illinois nursing home, the attorneys at Levin & Perconti want to help. We’ve seen hundreds of cases of elder abuse, including but not limited to:
- 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 are ready to seek justice for a senior relative and win the settlement or verdict they deserve, click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 today to get started. We take calls 24/7 to get you the help you need ASAP.
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.
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