Aperion Care Burbank
Trusting a nursing home with the care of a loved one isn’t easy. Advertisements paint a picture of comfortable residents being treated with kindness and respect, and you expect that they will receive the medical and daily life care they need, whether recovering from a recent hospitalization or in long term care. Sadly, in many cases, this comfortable, respectful environment is not the reality. Nursing home neglect and abuse is a tremendous problem in the state of Illinois and across the United States, and many people don’t even realize it is happening.
It is estimated that about 5 million elderly Americans in nursing home care are neglected or abused every year – many more go unreported, most likely due to an inability to effectively communicate that there is a problem, or fear of repercussions from staff members for reporting their actions. It’s heartbreaking to think that our beloved elders are being neglected, mistreated, their needs ignored, but, it’s possible that it could be your loved one in this situation.
At Levin & Perconti, we are dedicated to seeking out the truth about Illinois nursing homes, sharing their track records, and holding poorly performing nursing homes responsible for their actions.
Aperion Care nursing homes have a “hit or miss” level of care, with many operating at below average, and some above average. While some of their facilities are performing at above average and well above average levels according to Medicare.gov, there are still concerning issues that you may want to be aware of, especially if your loved one is in their care.
High performing facilities with recently “below average” staffing ratings (meaning residents are receiving fewer hours of nursing and therapy care than average) can be a slippery slope to neglect by way of “there just isn’t enough help.” Read on to learn more about Aperion Care Burbank.
About Aperion Care Burbank
- Facility name: Aperion Care Burbank
- Facility address: 5701 West 79th Street, Burbank, IL 60459
- Facility phone: (708)499-5400
Aperion Care Burbank is a small nursing home facility in Burbank, IL with 56 beds. This facility, like most Aperion nursing homes, offers post-hospital care and rehabilitation, with a focus on geriatric psych programs for the needs of dementia and Alzheimer’s residents, along with personalized care plans “ensuring you have a comfortable healing experience while you recover and prepare to return home.”
In general, Aperion Care Burbank has a good track record of care, with no complaint inspections in the past 3 years. Upon further research we found that their staffing rating is on a decline, with residents receiving only 18 minutes of LPN care each day. This may be reflected in the regular health inspection records, where rushed feeding tube care could present aspiration risks, and mishandled transfers could end in broken bones;
05/25/2017 Failure to make sure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and risks and provides supervision to prevent avoidable accidents. Several residents were placed in risky situations when staff members failed to use appropriate assistive devices for transfers. Residents that require extensive assistance and are unable to stand or transfer themselves independently were seen being transferred without gait belts, picking up by the armpits and moving them.
All the residents that were observed being moved (many unsteadily) had notes on file that they required extensive help for transfers, a gait belt should be used. Moving these residents without assistive devices poses a significant risk for drops by staff members or accidents where the resident’s body doesn’t move in the direction expected – potentially breaking bones or dislocating joints.
05/25/2017 Failure to give proper treatment to residents with feeding tubes to prevent problems (such as aspiration pneumonia, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, metabolic abnormalities, nasal-pharyngeal ulcers) and help restore eating skills, if possible. Caregivers failed to follow proper procedures for residents with feeding tubes in place. A protein supplement with no date or label was observed being administered to a resident. On multiple occasions, the LPNs failed to take the time to check for proper placement for the feeding tube.
06/07/2018 Failure to ensure medication error rates are not 5 percent or greater. Several medication errors were made during the survey period. One resident was administered only ⅓ of their dose of medication (the prescription indicates 4 tablets per dose, only one was administered.)
Another was to receive two tablets of a medication, only received one. Yet another resident was given two cups, one with pills to swallow, another with one to chew. When the LPN was questioned as to which was the chewable, they responded incorrectly, and proceeded to ask the resident to chew a non-chewable tablet.
It’s Time to get Answers
If you have concerns about the staffing levels or the care your loved one is receiving at Aperion Care Burbank or any other Illinois nursing home, contact us at Levin & Perconti to learn the more. Having information about this facilities’ history and current trend toward lower staffing numbers may protect your loved one from negligent care.
The expert nursing home abuse attorneys at Levin & Perconti are constantly tracking the care violations that occur at Illinois nursing homes so that you can be well informed. Along with this research, we represent the families and their loved ones that have been affected by negligent care and abuse, including the families who have lost a loved one as a result. In our years of experience, we’ve seen that negligent care can mean many different things. Some of the cases we have seen have included such matters as:
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These potentially life-altering care issues are all avoidable and should never be happening. If you suspect your loved one may be the subject of negligent care or abuse, and the facility administration is dismissive of your claims or is unresponsive, don’t hesitate to contact us online at Levin & Perconti or call us at 877-374-1417 for a zero-cost, no-obligation, fully confidential consultation. You have the right to honest answers about the care your loved one is receiving. Taking action today may save your loved one from negligent care— and may even save their life.
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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