Aperion Care Highwood
Discovering that your elderly or disabled loved one has been the subject of negligent or abusive care while in a nursing home is nothing short of devastating. Whether your loved one needs constant care or has in-depth medical needs that are beyond your own abilities, trusting them to the care of a nursing home may be your only option – and having that trust broken is overwhelming. We expect nursing homes to provide compassionate, professional care. Sadly, many Illinois nursing homes fail to meet even the most basic standards of care.
Nursing home neglect and abuse is a major problem in Illinois and across the United States that many people aren’t aware of – until it is their loved one involved. An estimated 5 million elderly Americans are neglected or abused while in nursing home care each year. This number may be much higher, with cases going unreported for fear of retribution from nursing home staff members or an inability to self-advocate due to their mental or physical status.
As many as ⅓ of nursing homes nationwide have been cited with 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 been cited with violations due to incidents that caused actual bodily harm; injury, and even death. It could even be your loved one who isn’t getting proper care, so it is up to you to be their advocate.
We are dedicated to sharing relevant care information about nursing homes throughout Illinois, exposing violations, and holding those performing at a sub-par level responsible for their actions. Aperion Care is a large network of nursing homes with many facilities rated above average by Medicare.gov that are providing great care – but also many that are rated below average and well below average levels, many are painfully understaffed, opening the door to poor care, accidents, and medication mistakes. Read on to learn details about Aperion Care Highwood.
About Aperion Care Highwood
Aperion Care HIghwood is a 104-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Highwood, 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 a library, activities and programs, daily newspaper delivery, and salon.
Aperion Care Highwood is rated “much below average” overall by medicare.gov. This is the lowest rating a nursing home can achieve without being flagged for special observation. This facility has had 13 complaints resulting in a citation in the past three years. Some of the violations have included unnecessary restraints, unexplained and unreported bruises on residents, poor care of pressure ulcers, catheters, and hygiene:
08/28/2018 Failure to timely report suspected abuse, neglect, or theft and report the results of the investigation to proper authorities . Multiple residents had unreported injuries of unknown origin. One resident had a large, baseball sized bruise on her right chest area noted by the surveyor. The CNAs stated they noticed the bruise the week before bus assumed the nurse had already been aware of it.
The resident stated she reported the bruise to CNAs but couldn’t remember names or faces. She also could not recall how she got the bruise. Another resident had multiple bruises on her right arm and wrist with no records of injury. When inquired, the CNA that cared for her stated the resident has had them for some time. The resident’s daughter noted that they looked like fingerprints.
09/18/2017 Failure to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bed sores. A resident with multiple, necrotic pressure wounds was observed laying in the same position from 10am to 2pm. It is important for the proper healing of pressure sores for the person to be moved regularly – at least every two hours – to relieve pressure.
12/07/2017 Failure to provide care and assistance to perform activities of daily living for any resident who is unable. A resident was noted with wet pants, food spillage, and a strong urine odor after an activity by an aide. The aide alerted a passing CNA who told her to “leave him there, I will change him.” 20 minutes passed, and the CNA had not returned. Two other residents were observed in the living room, both with wet, urine-soaked pants. Another resident chimed in that she sits in her urine all the time, it takes 2 ½, 3 hours for someone to change you.
09/18/2018 Failure to keep each resident free from physical restraints, unless needed for medical treatment. A resident was observed with a pommel cushion (intended to prevent sliding out of a chair, has a knob-like protrusion between the legs) and a lap cushion preventing her from getting out of her chair independently. There is no alteration to her care plan, no record of physician recommendation or consent from family for physical restraints.
We are Here to Fight for You
At Levin & Perconti, our expert attorneys are constantly researching Illinois healthcare centers and nursing homes, staying up to date on health violations and citations, and sharing them so you can be well informed.
We represent the affected families and their loved ones, holding the negligent facilities accountable for their actions. Elder abuse and neglect can manifest in many forms. Some of the matters we have seen have included:
How You can get Help
We understand you concern for your loved one. If you have noticed any indication of negligent care or abuse, and conversations with facility staff and administration have been unacceptable, be sure to document your observations and contact us at Levin & Perconti online or call us at 877-374-1417 for a free and confidential consultation. Your action and inquiry may save them from negligent care, abuse, and may even save their life.
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.
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.