Aperion Care Galesburg
There are times when you have no choice but to place your loved one in nursing home care. Maybe it’s complex medical care needs, maybe it’s the need for around-the-clock daily life care – these things are best handled by professionals. Nursing home advertisements always depict their caring staff looking after the needs of smiling, comfortable residents in their clean, bright, and yet, still cozy facility. You expect this level of care to be delivered, your loved one treated with respect, all their needs met so they can recuperate and live comfortably.
You can’t help but worry if the high standards of care these nursing homes advertise are actually what is being delivered. You wonder what the care really is like; is there enough staff on hand to effectively and safely care for all the residents? Are they treating residents with respect, keeping them comfortable and safe? With nursing home neglect and abuse on the rise as a serious problem here in Illinois and across the country, your concerns are valid.
Millions of America’s elderly are abused and neglected each year in facilities with long lists of state and federal health violations. In fact, as many as 1 in 3 nursing homes nationwide have been cited with health care violations with the potential to cause harm (violations that present a real and present danger to residents) and nearly 10 percent of all nursing homes have violations that caused actual bodily harm to residents; injury, and even death. If left unchecked, it could even be your loved one who isn’t getting proper care.
The nursing home abuse attorneys at Levin & Perconti are dedicated to sharing information about nursing home facilities throughout Illinois, exposing care violations, and holding sub-par nursing homes responsible for their actions. Aperion Care is a large network of facilities with many facilities rated above average by Medicare.gov and providing great care – but also many that are rated below average and well below average levels. Read on to learn details about Aperion Care Galesburg.
About Aperion Care Galesburg
Aperion Care Galesburg is a 108-bed skilled nursing home facility in Galesburg, IL. This facility offers post-hospital 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.”
Additional amenities include an antique jukebox with classic tunes, beauty salon, library, and transportation services. Aperion Care Galesburg has a below average rating with medicare.gov, with a particularly concerning staffing level. Residents at Aperion Care Galesburg receive only 19 minutes per person per day of Registered Nurse care, when the national average is 41 minutes.
04/21/2018 Failure to Ensure that a nursing home area is free from accident hazards and provides adequate supervision to prevent accidents. The facility failed to provide sufficient supervision for a resident with a high risk for elopement from the facility. During medication distribution around 4am, the resident was missing from his room.
The CNA went looking in usual places around the facility and drove around the area looking for him. He left via his room’s window, where he pushed out the screen. The police were called, and the resident was found on the ground after falling off two bottled water pallets he was sitting on. He had stolen a bottle of alcohol from the pharmacy and drank the whole thing. He was taken to the ER for abrasions to the cheek and chin and an injury to the wrist.
04/21/2018 Failure to provide and implement an infection prevention and control program. Proper infection control measures were not taken when dealing with multiple individuals who had highly transmissible infections present. In one instance, a glucose meter was placed directly onto the bed linens of a MRSA-infected resident, without a barrier of any kind. The nurse carried out the glucose testing, and then placed the machine directly on the medication cart, without a barrier, and without wiping with a sanitizing towel.
Another resident, who was positive for C Difficile (a contagious and not easily treated bowel infection) was observed receiving incontinence care. The resident was observed to have large amounts of liquid stool on their body, gown, and linens. The CNA performing the care did not use protective measures such as a gown, mask, or goggles while providing care. The CNA then went on to assist with passing meal trays in the dining room.
06/14/2018 Failure to provide appropriate pressure ulcer care and prevent new ulcers from developing. Multiple pressure wounds were observed on a resident’s heels and coccyx. The wound physician stated that the resident had developed new pressure sores in multiple locations while at the facility. The physician stated that these pressure sores could have been prevented if the resident was repositioned at least every hour to help with healing. The Director of Nursing confirmed that records indicated the resident was repositioned only every two hours.
We Fight for You and Your Loved Ones
Do you have a loved one in the care of Aperion Care Galesburg or any other Illinois nursing home facility? Do you have concerns about potential care issues and understaffing? If so, don’t hesitate to contact us at Levin & Perconti to learn more about the facility that is responsible for your loved ones’ care.
At Levin & Perconti, our attorneys constantly review the state and federal public records for violations and citations issued to nursing homes here in the state of Illinois. When these care violations occur, we hold the facilities responsible for their actions and get compensation for the affected families. Levin & Perconti are well-respected and widely known for our successful nursing home abuse and neglect litigation and in our years of experiences, we have seen that neglect and abuse comes in many forms. Some of these matters have included such issues as:
- Falls and Drops, Unsafe Transfers by Staff
- Clogged Breathing Tubes
- Malnutrition or Dehydration
- Medication Errors
- Pressure Sores and Bed Sores
These serious care issues are entirely preventable, life-changing events that should absolutely not be happening. When you have questions about the care of your loved one, and especially if you suspect negligence or abuse, you should be given clear, professional answers from the facility administration. If you aren’t given satisfactory answers, are ignored, or are met with hostility or threats, don’t wait, contact us for help.
Levin & Perconti are proud to be strong advocates for developing a healthy nursing home environment where deficient care and abuse of any kind will not be tolerated, and are committed to helping you, the families of nursing home residents, in navigating these difficult situations and getting you and your loved one the compensation deserved. Click here to contact Levin & Perconti or call us at 877-374-1417 for a completely free, confidential consultation today. Taking action today may save your loved one from negligent care, abuse, and may even save their life.
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