Aperion Care Plum Grove
We count on nursing homes and health care facilities to provide our loved ones with quality care in a comfortable and safe environment, but is quality care what Illinois nursing homes deliver? In today’s world, where approximately 15% of the American population is over the age of 65, elder care is a bigger business than ever before.
We shouldn’t have to worry, but the unfortunate truth is that staggering numbers of elderly Americans are abused and neglected while in nursing care. Staffing numbers at many facilities are extremely low, making it difficult even in the best environments to provide quality care. As a result, as many as 1 in 3 facilities have been cited with health care violations that pose “a potential to cause harm” – meaning the actions made by staff at the facility could lead to injury or infection of residents.
The attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand what a difficult experience it is to discover a loved one has been mistreated while in the hands of a facility you’ve trusted. We fight to hold these facilities responsible for their poor standards of care and get those affected the compensation they deserve. We keep tabs on Illinois nursing homes, staying up to date on any Federal health violations and citations that may be issued so that you may be more informed and empowered.
Aperion Care is a large network of skilled nursing, rehabilitative, and mental health facilities, with most locations rated above average by Medicare.gov for their level of quality care however they also have many facilities with extremely low staff, and predictably performing at below average (or even much below average) levels. Aperion Care Plum Grove is one of the latter.
About Aperion Care Plum Grove
4 S Plum Grove Rd
Palatine, IL 60067
Aperion Care Plum Grove is a small, 69 bed short term rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and physical therapy facility in Palatine, IL. They offer physical, occupational, and speech therapies 7 days a week, with personalized care plans “ensuring you have a comfortable healing experience while you recover and prepare to return home.” Other amenities include cable TV, WiFi, daily housekeeping, laundry service, and beauty salon.
This facility is rated “much below average” by medicare.gov, with extremely low staffing numbers as a main factor. Aperion Care Plum Grove residents receive 19 minutes of RN level care per day, less than half that of the Illinois average, and just 3 minutes of physical therapy, half that of the Illinois average. Some of their recent health citations have included:
06/14/2018 Failure to ensure that each resident is free from the use of physical restraints, unless needed for medical treatment. Multiple residents were observed to be under some sort of physical restraint without medical necessity, leading to frustration, agitation, and potential fall risk.
One resident was observed at the end of his bed attempting to get up, and very agitated as he could not. His bed was positioned extremely low as he has a fall history. Firm, 7-inch-high bolsters on each side of his bed were observed. CNA stated they were in place to prevent him from getting out of bed. Two other residents also had these bolsters in place to keep them from getting out of bed. Bolsters or restraints are not in any of their care plans for fall prevention and no assessments were made to see if residents were able to safely exit their beds.
Multiple residents were observed in restraint situations in the dining area. One individual was observed becoming increasingly agitated trying to move out of a space in a wheelchair. He was boxed in by several other residents and chairs, so he could not move from a small enclosed area. He asked a CNA for help getting out, she responded “just a minute” however did not help.
The director of nursing was informed of the situation and defended the CNA, but then agreed the resident was being restrained and moved other residents to free him.
Other residents were observed to be pushed in to the table so far that their wheelchair would be stuck, so it would not move without a staff member pulling them away. This resulted in visibly agitated residents.
06/14/2018 Failure to provide care and assistance to perform activities of daily living for any resident who is unable and Failure to provide appropriate pressure ulcer care and prevent new ulcers from developing. The facility failed to assist those who needed assistance with eating, nail care, general grooming, toileting, and positioning. Several residents were left for extended periods of time with no incontinence care or positioning.
One resident with a care plan listing extensive assistance for eating and toileting and reposition every two hours – was observed in her wheelchair, lying in the same position, with no incontinence checks from 10:45am until after 1:45pm.
Another resident was taken from the dining room (where she sat from 8:00am for breakfast) to an activity and returned for lunch with no continence check or care. She was served, but not assisted with lunch. Her lunch sat uneaten as she received no assistance or encouragement to eat. She remained in her chair until 2:00pm when incontinence care was finally provided. An open sore was observed on her buttocks. This wound had developed while in care at the facility, and the resident was not receiving proper wound care.
Several other residents were observed with unkempt, long fingernails, with crusted substances beneath them.
What to Watch For
There are some warning signs that you should be aware of that can may alert you to potential abuse or negligence; new bed sores, unexplained bruises, dirty physical appearance, regularly wearing soiled clothing and undergarments, personality changes, weight loss, listlessness and avoidance of regular activities among others.
Countless proactive family members have taken notice of these signs and brought their concerns to the attorneys at Levin & Perconti. In our years of experience, we have seen cases that include such matters as:
What You can do
If you feel your loved one is being mistreated at Aperion Care Plum Grove, start by documenting everything that you find concerning, and bring these concerns to the facility administration. You have the right to ask questions about the care of your loved one, and you should be met with honest, professional answers. If the administration of Aperion Care Plum Grove provides you with unsatisfactory answers, it’s time to consider taking further action.
When our elderly loved ones suffer the effects of negligence or abuse, the responsible facilities must be held accountable. At Levin & Perconti, we are committed to helping your family navigate the legal process of getting the compensation deserved while holding the negligent caregivers responsible for their actions. Take the next step in advocating for your loved one and click here to contact Levin & Perconti or call us at 877-374-1417 for a zero cost, confidential, and no obligation consultation today.
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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