Alden of Old Town East
When you place a family member in assisted living, you’re doing it with their best interests in mind. You want them to receive the best care at a facility that is outfitted to accommodate their special needs and staffed by experienced trained professionals and most of the time this is what happens, but what about the cases when it doesn’t?
Unfortunately, the number of adults in assisted living facilities has increased dramatically in the last few years and resources are getting stretched thin. One of these resources where there just never seems to be enough to go around is staffing. Many facilities struggle to hire enough staff with the right training and qualifications to be professional caregivers. When these gaps in staff appear, so do gaps in standards of care, and residents begin suffering.
The attorneys at Levin & Perconti see this issue all too often. We have personally prosecuted cases including, but not limited to, the following:
- Sepsis and Other Infections
- Malnutrition and/or Dehydration
- Physical or Sexual Assault or Abuse
- Unauthorized Physical and/or Chemical Restraint Use
- Verbal Abuse
- Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
- Falls, Improper Transfers, Drops by Staff
- Medication Errors
- Wandering and Elopement from facilities
- Pressure Sores
- Clogged Breathing Tubes
The state of Illinois recognizes that residents in Illinois assisted living facilities have rights and it is a crime to inflict personal injury on them. That is why we seek to help families find the best facility for their loved one by sharing information about Illinois assisted living facility ratings and what you can do to reduce the risk of harm for assisted living residents.About Alden of Old Town East
Alden of Old Town East is an intermediate care facility for developmentally disabled adults who do not require 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.
Alden of Old Town East 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 that are Medicare certified typically receive high ratings for health inspections and other quality measures.Be proactive against abuse and neglect in assisted living
If you are concerned about the wellbeing of a loved one in assisted living, you can minimize the risk of them suffering abuse with some precautions.
First, research reviews online for prospective facilities and homes to see what others’ experiences at them have been. Some facilities will also have ratings from Medicare or other government agencies that can tell you a lot.
Tour your favorite facilities to see for yourself if what they advertise is true. If possible, stop by on a non-tour day too to see how the residence functions when it’s not expecting guests.
After your family member is moved in, do regular welfare checks by visiting or communicating with them. Residents may not be able to recognize or report mistreatment themselves, so they rely on your support.
Educate yourself on the common signs of neglect and abuse in assisted living. There are many, but here’s a list to get you started:
- 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
- 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
If you become aware of anything wrong in the treatment of your relative, don’t be afraid to say something. You can question staff in the moment about their best practices or meet with management to address your concerns. It helps to document observations and experiences, so you have all the details right.
When you speak to management, they should be willing to listen objectively and take any necessary corrective action. However, if they become dismissive or defensive or fail to fix the problem, it may be time to seek legal aid.Seeking legal counsel
Your loved one in assisted living has rights under Illinois law, and when those rights are infringed upon and disregarded it’s time to take action. The attorneys at Levin & Perconti have the expertise and experience to fight for your family. We’ve won verdicts and settlements for hundreds of personal injury victims and can do the same for you. Just click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 any time to take the first steps towards justice.
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.