Aperion Care Marseilles
Did you know that over a half a million cases of elder abuse are reported in the US every year? It’s true. Millions more may go unreported due to fear or an inability to communicate. These are hard facts to hear, and it definitely shouldn’t be this way— you shouldn’t have to worry that your loved one is being mistreated in the place where they should be safest. At Levin & Perconti, we understand that the potential for abuse and neglect makes the decision to place your loved one in nursing care even more difficult. We want to help.
We’ve have seen far too many devastating cases of elder abuse, so we’ve made it our mission to not only fight for the families whose trust in nursing care has been broken and whose loved ones have been injured as a result, but also help families make good decisions before placing their loved one in a nursing home.
This is why we have done extensive research about nursing homes and why we share it publicly— so you and your family can easily assess your options before placing your loved one in nursing care.
About Aperion Care Marseilles
Aperion Care Marseilles
578 Commercial Street
Marseilles, IL 61341
Aperion Care is a large network of skilled nursing, assisted living, rehabilitative, and mental health facilities with locations throughout the Midwest. While many of these facilities hold above average ratings with Medicare.gov for their level of care and staffing, there are also a large number of facilities performing at below and much below average with severe health violations and poor staffing numbers— Aperion Care Marseilles is one of the latter.
Aperion Care Marseilles is a 103 certified bed skilled nursing, short term rehabilitation and physical therapy facility in Marseilles, Illinois. This facility has a one-star “much below average” rating with Medicare.gov. Some of their recent health care violations include:
05/18/2018 Failure to ensure that a nursing home area is free from accident hazards and provides adequate supervision to prevent accidents. A resident suffered a severe facial injury when their gown was caught in a wheelchair wheel, pulling them forward onto their face. A CNA was transporting the resident from the shower when the resident’s gown caught in the wheelchair wheel, causing the resident to fall forward, causing open fractures to their nose in multiple places, requiring 13 sutures.
05/18/2018 Failure to try different approaches before using a bed rail. If a bed rail is needed, the facility must (1) assess a resident for safety risk; (2) review these risks and benefits with the resident/representative; (3) get informed consent; and (4) Correctly install and maintain the bed rail. Upon observation and record review, it was found that 9 residents had bed rails in use, limiting their bed mobility, with no record of other interventions previously attempted.
03/30/2018 Failure to protect each resident from all abuse, physical punishment, and being separated from others. A resident was hit in the face with a support cushion and threatened by a staff member. The CNA picked up a support pillow and hit the resident in the face. The CNA then threatened that if the resident fell on the floor, the CNA would not pick them up. The CNA then smashed the pillow in the resident’s face and hit the resident a few times before wheeling them to the dining room and leaving them there.
How You Can Protect Your Loved One?
The attorneys at Levin & Perconti have fought legal battles on behalf of many nursing home residents in our years of elder abuse personal injury litigation. We have seen a wide variety of cases, some of which have included bedsores, medication errors, and understaffing.
While our skilled attorneys can handle these cases, it is of course best to prevent these issues from happening in the first place. There are some important steps you should take before placing your loved on in nursing care:
- Choose a well-rated nursing home – Don’t assume that all nursing homes are the same, or that it “looks” nice enough. Nor should you go on the basis of the reputation of other facilities owned by the same company. Read reviews online, learn what other families are saying their experience has been, and find the facilities’ rating with Medicare. You can find this information as well as health inspection reports via medicare.gov.
- Tour the facility – Most facilities have scheduled tour days where they allow potential clients to see what they have to offer. Keep in mind that they will be 100% prepared for guests— they’ll be putting their best foot forward. Make an effort to visit again on a day when they are not expecting guests before you make a commitment.
- Stay connected and be aware – Once you have place your loved one in nursing home care, stay in touch and visit as often as you realistically can. You shouldn’t be in a constant state of worry, but do be aware of signs of neglect or abuse.
- Document everything – If you do suspect your loved one is being neglected or abused while in nursing care, be sure to document everything you find suspicious.
Signs of Abuse or Neglect
Unfortunately, even in the best rated nursing homes, neglect and abuse can still occur. Many times, you loved one can’t or won’t communicate that there is a problem. Here are some signs to watch for:
- Weight loss not due directly to an illness
- Frequently misplaced or lost personal items
- Unusual behavior – violent, withdrawn, depression
- Frequent visits to the emergency room
- Untreated, severe, or new bedsores
- Unexplained injuries – bruises, scrapes, burns
- Evidence of dehydration like sunken cheeks or eyes
- Wrong type or the wrong amount of medication administered
- Poor hygiene, dirty living space
- Instances of wandering or elopement
How to Take Action
If you feel your loved one is the subject of abuse or neglect, take immediate action by following the steps outlined below. Your loved one’s safety (and possibly the safety of others) is at stake.
- Document. Make detailed notes of times, dates, individuals involved, and take pictures if you feel they help the credibility of your concern.
- Discuss. Take your concerns up with the administration of the facility. You have the right to ask questions about your loved one’s care, and they should be willing and ready to answer. Document their response, positive or negative.
- Follow up. If the administration made claims that they were going to resolve your concerns, follow up and be sure they have done so. If they were not responsive initially, or do not respond satisfactorily, it may be time to seek legal action.
- Take legal action. When you need to seek legal counsel, the attorneys of Levin & Perconti are here for you. We have extensive experience in prosecuting personal injury cases and can help you get the answers – and compensation – you and your loved one deserve.
If you believe your loved one has suffered harm in a nursing home or assisted living facility due to negligence or abuse, Levin & Perconti can help. We will determine if you have a case and will be there for you at every step of the process, to the verdict or settlement. Click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 to discuss your concerns in a no obligation consultation today.
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.
Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf.