Aperion Care Forest Park
When your loved one requires extensive medical care or they’ve become dependent upon others for all of their daily needs, you’ll be faced with the decision of placing them in a nursing home. Of course, you have their best interest in mind. It’s not easy to leave someone else in charge of their care 24/7, but when you’re not equipped to provide the intensive care required, a nursing home is your only option. You expect that they will treat your loved one with respect, dignity, and professionalism, meeting all of their medical and daily life needs.
While many facilities operate with this exceptional level of care, many fall short. Nursing home negligence and abuse is a major problem here in Illinois as well as across the US, quietly, but permanently affecting the lives of our elderly.
As many as 5 million elderly Americans are neglected or abused every year while in the care of a nursing home— and that number could be dramatically higher. Many cases go unreported due to the resident’s inability to communicate that there is a problem or even fear of repercussions from staff.
According to data from medicare.gov, a shocking 1 out of every 3 American nursing homes were cited with violations with the potential to cause harm (violations that present a real and present danger to residents). Close to 10 percent of all nursing homes have violations that caused actual harm, injury, and even death. Statistically speaking, it’s all too possible that your loved one might not get the proper care they require.
The attorneys at Levin & Perconti fight for the families and their loved ones who are in the care of these “below average” facilities, ensuring they receive the compensation they are due. We are dedicated to uncovering the facts about these facilities. Read on to learn more about the care at Aperion Care Forest Park.About Aperion Care Forest Park
- Facility Name: Aperion Care Forest Park
- Facility Address: 8200 W Roosevelt Rd, Forest Park, IL 60130
- Facility Phone: (708) 488-9850
Aperion Care Forest Park is a 232-bed nursing home facility in Forest Park, IL. This facility offers short term post-hospital acute care and rehabilitation with physical, occupational, and speech therapies available 7 days a week, with personalized care plans “ensuring you have a comfortable healing experience while you recover and prepare to return home.”
Amenities include a library, beauty salon, movie theater, ice cream parlor, coffee bar, and transportation services. A quick glance through the Google reviews will generally give you an idea of what to expect from a facility, and in this case, the outlook isn’t good. Most reviewers noted rude, inexperienced staff, not enough staff, and dirty facility conditions.
While these are just opinions, the facts reflect a similar environment. Records indicate that this facility has had 36 complaints that resulted in a health citation in the past three years, including mishandled transfers resulting in broken bones, medication errors, and ignored grooming and hygiene.
04/21/2017 Failure to make sure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and risks and provides supervision to prevent avoidable accidents. The facility failed to follow safe transfer protocols for a resident, resulting in a broken leg. When providing care to the resident after breakfast, a CNA noted and reported that the resident’s right foot was swollen, purplish/red, warm to the touch, and painful. An x-ray and evaluation revealed a fractured tibia.
Further investigation found that a CNA on the previous evening shift (3-11) The surveyor asked the CNA what method was used to transfer the resident. The CNA stated he grabbed the resident under the arms and pivoted him to his bed. The resident’s care plan indicates the use of a sit to stand lift for safe transfers.
07/05/2018 Failure to provide care and assistance to perform activities of daily living for any resident who is unable. Personal hygiene needs were not attended to for all residents that were reviewed for “assistance in activity of daily life” care. Multiple residents even asked the surveyor if they could help them cut their fingernails as they kept snagging on clothes and scratching themselves.
Several other residents, observed with excessively long nails with black material caked underneath, unkempt hair, and facial hair, complained that the facility is always short on help, and no one has time to take care of grooming needs.
07/05/2018 and 06/05/2018 Provide and implement an infection prevention and control program. Two events of poor infection control were observed by the surveyor on separate occasions. When performing wound care to a resident, the resident was noted to have had a bowel movement. The Wound Care Technician put on gloves and cleaned of the resident with a wet towel.
After doing so, the Technician didn’t remove the soiled gloves and proceeded to touch the residents head, bed, hands, pillows, and linens. When asked they stated they weren’t paying attention and should have removed the gloves.
Another instance occurred at a later date. When the surveyor returned, a CNA was found to be feeding a resident who was on an isolation protocol with no personal protective equipment. The CNA stated she wasn’t aware that the resident was still under isolation protocol. There was no sign on the door indicating as such.
Without indication on the door, housekeeping was also unaware. A list of individuals on isolation protocol was provided by the Nurse Manager - this individual was to be on contact isolation for a highly resistant e-coli of the urine.It’s Time to get Answers
If you have a loved one who is a resident at Aperion Care Forest Park, or any other Illinois nursing home, don’t hesitate to contact us at Levin & Perconti to learn the details about their care history. Having this information may help protect your loved one from negligent care or abuse.
The widely-know, experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at Levin & Perconti continually review the care violations that occur at Illinois nursing homes so that you can be well informed. We represent the affected families and their loved ones, and get these families the compensation for their injuries, suffering, and additional unexpected medical bills. In our years of experience, we’ve found that negligent care and abuse can be present in a variety of forms. Some of the cases we’ve seen have included such matters as:
- Falls and Transfer Incidents
- Sepsis and other life-threatening infections
- Verbal Abuse
- Medication Errors
- Choking, Aspiration, and Feeding Tube problems
- Malnutrition and Dehydration
- Pressure Sores, Bed Sores, and Other Skin Ulcers
- Physical and Chemical Restraints
- Alzheimer's and Dementia Patient Mistreatment
- Physical and/or Sexual Assault and/or Abuse
- Wandering from Facilities
These are all serious, life-altering care issues that are avoidable and should not be happening. Unfortunately, they happen far more often that one would think. If you feel your loved one may be the subject of negligent care or abuse, and facility administration is unresponsive or does not provide you with satisfactory responses to your questions, don’t hesitate to contact us online at Levin & Perconti or call us at 877-374-1417 as soon as possible for a zero cost, no obligation, fully confidential consultation.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.