Aperion Care Chicago Heights
Aperion Care Chicago Heights Leaves Loved Ones in Questionable States of Care
Making the choice to leave a loved one in the care of a nursing home, mental health facility or managed healthcare center can be extremely difficult. After all, you are trusting someone else with full-time medical care of your injured, elderly, or recovering loved one. How can you be sure the facility you choose will treat your loved one with the care and respect you expect? What happens after visiting hours, when you can’t be there to observe?
Unfortunately, the high standards of care displayed in the brochure and a shiny, clean lobby don’t always reflect what is the day to day reality for patients. In fact, at Levin & Perconti, we see a constant stream of cases that tell us the reality is much darker. In far too many facilities, patients are not being treated with the standard of care that should be expected; in some cases flat-out negligence, health violations, and even abuse are occuring.
We have made it our mission to fight for the families whose loved ones have been subject to poor care in healthcare facilities. It’s our mission to get them the compensation and care they deserve.
We expose these sub-par facilities in our area and are prepared to hold them accountable for their actions (or lack of action, in many cases.) Read on to learn the facts about care at Aperion Care of Chicago Heights.
About Aperion Care Chicago Heights
Facility name: Aperion Care Chicago Heights
Facility address: 490 W 16th Pl, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Facility phone: (708)481-4444
Aperion Care Chicago Heights is a 200-bed “for-profit” nursing home and psychiatric care facility in the South suburbs of Chicago. They are self described as a safe, structured residential environment offering Psychiatrist and Physician supervised care plans for each resident. They offer speech and occupational therapies, as well as pain management, diabetes care, substance abuse recovery programs, and behavior management.
While this sounds great on paper, Levin & Perconti have found some troubling facts about Aperion Care Chicago Heights;
General Patient Care Failures Abound
Since 2015, there have been a total of 18 complaints resulting in health inspection citations. The most recent inspection reports include violations of privacy, medication mishandling, and cleanliness, among others – below is a sampling of the violations listed;
11/14/2017 Failure to keep each resident’s personal and medical records private and confidential
11/15/2017 Failure to safely provide drugs and other similar products which are needed every day and in emergencies, by a licensed pharmacist.
11/15/2017 Failure to provide necessary care and services to maintain highest well being of each resident
11/17/2017 Failure to provide a safe, clean, comfortable and homelike environment
Though their last inspection was in late 2017, a quick glance at the reviews on Google still paint a bleak picture of the care provided at Aperion Care Chicago Heights. What people are saying recently is horrifying:
“Conditions in this facility are appalling”; “stench of urine and mold permeating the rooms”; “she had a rash all over her very dry skin.”
“My aunt has bed sores… she complained about how painful they were”; “The bed she was lying on appeared to be infested with bedbugs.”
“Our grandfather was starving and has lost quite a bit of weight since being there.”
The annual health inspection dated January 27, 2022, led to Aperion Care Chicago Heights receiving citations for the following:
- Failure to ensure residents are not subjected to physical, verbal, sexual, or psychological abuse, neglect, exploitation, or misappropriation of property
- Failure to provide adequate supervision for three residents
As a result of these violations, two patients were physically assaulted by other patients, resulting in injuries that led to hospitalizations. One assault victim’s arm was broken, and the other required sutures on her eyebrow. The patient with the broken arm was shoved by another patient, causing her to fall.
The patient had wandered into the other patient’s room and refused to leave when asked. The director and assistant director of nursing told inspectors they were unaware of the patient having a history of wandering, but this information was listed in her care plan, which was updated on May 14, 2020.
The other assault victim was attacked by a patient with known aggressive tendencies who had displayed increased agitation and aggression leading up to the incident. Aperion Care Chicago Heights was fined $2,200, double the usual amount, due to the facility’s violation of codes designated as high-risk.
Get the Help You Need
If you have concerns about the care offered at Aperion Care Chicago Heights or another Chicago-area facility, connect with us at Levin & Perconti to learn more. This information can be invaluable, and may protect a loved one from suffering neglect, abuse, and loss of privacy and dignity.
Many senior care facilities and mental health centers in the Chicago area are rife with care violations, but they aren’t exactly going to be quick to share that information. That’s why Levin & Perconti keeps up with any violations at Chicago area senior care centers and health care facilities.
Our attorneys investigate the claims of neglect and abuse, and represent the injured nursing home residents and their caring family members, as well as those who have lost a loved one due to negligence or abuse.
Some of these cases include:
Families have the right to know exactly what is going on at their loved one’s healthcare facility, and they should be given clear answers when they have questions. Levin & Perconti are committed to helping families navigate any issues they may encounter in a Cook County or Chicago area nursing home, healthcare center, or assisted living facility.
We are leaders in the areas of nursing home negligence and abuse litigation and we are proud to be strong advocates for creating a transparent, healthy nursing home environment where sub-par care and abuse will not be tolerated.
If you feel that your loved one may be in a elder abuse or neglect situation at Aperion Care Chicago Heights or any other Cook County and Chicago area healthcare facility, don’t wait. Contact Levin and Perconti online, or call us at 877-374-1417 to set up a free, no obligation consultation with an experienced elder abuse and nursing home neglect lawyer.
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.
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