The Grove Evanston
While most nursing home residents are living there long-term to receive late-life medical care and assistance with daily activities, many other people will spend a short time in assisted living while they recover from a major medical event such as an illness or surgery.
Protecting Against Nursing Home Abuse
This kind of rehabilitative care is vital for a safe and complete recovery before returning home to your normal life. Because post-hospitalization rehab is only short-term, many people assume the choice of facility they stay in doesn’t matter much. However, you should still be aware of the risk of nursing home abuse.
Whether your stay is a few days, a few weeks, or a few months, you are still at risk for nursing home abuse. If you require rehabilitation services, you probably have a temporary debilitation that makes you dependent on professional caregivers. Even if the rest of your faculties are fine, you have a new vulnerability that a predatory staff member may take advantage of. In the very least, you are at risk for negligent behavior from careless staff.
So, what can you do to protect yourself? Your best bet is to book with a nursing home that has proof that they uphold high standards of care and resident safety. It is not enough to know how to report abuse or file a complaint. By then you may have already suffered irreparable harm. By staying in the best performing nursing home possible, you lower your risk of abuse and related consequences.
Finding the Best Nursing Home
There are many things to consider when choosing a nursing home. You will need one that is in a convenient location, offers the services your recovery requires, works with your hospital, and accepts your insurance. You may also look for a facility with certain amenities to make your stay more comfortable, such as private rooms or a concierge service.
Once you know what you’re looking for, ask around for recommendations. Talk to friends, family, social workers, and healthcare providers about nursing homes they trust in your community. Even if you are not a senior citizen, you can also try your local senior community activity center or contact government programs who help senior citizens since that demographic most often needs help finding nursing homes.
Once you have some ideas for good nursing homes, learn about each one to see how well they are operating currently. Nursing homes can fall on hard times like any business (and most are for-profit) so just because your friend had a good experience at one five years ago doesn’t mean the facility is still being managed properly. The best way to learn about the quality of care provided at individual nursing homes is to look them up on medicare.org.
Every year, Medicare rates nursing homes from Much Below Average to Much Above Average and publishes recent health inspection reports as well. Look up this information for each of the nursing homes you’re considering and compare what you find. The higher the rating, the better the nursing home and the less likely it is that you will suffer abuse or neglect there. The health inspection reports will tell you exactly what the facility has been cited for in the past so you can compare the number and severity of citations between different homes as well.
Medicare’s information should help you whittle down your choices to a top few. You should visit these facilities to see what they are like for yourself. You can learn a lot from observing the general environment of a nursing home. Pay attention to how clean it is, the friendliness of staff, and the demeanor of residents.
Visiting also allows you to ask questions in person. You probably already have plenty of questions about costs and scheduling, but feel free to ask about anything pertaining to resident safety such as the ratio of staff to residents or what their procedure is for reporting abuse or filing a grievance.
After all this due diligence, you and your healthcare provider should be able to make arrangements for you to stay at your preferred nursing home after hospitalization. While the risk of nursing home abuse cannot be done away with completely, you will rest easier knowing you’re at a reputable facility with a proven history of quality care. That will help you recover faster, and you’ll be grateful you did the work to pick a highly rated facility.
As experts in nursing home abuse law, Levin & Perconti has made it our goal to help Illinois residents find the best local nursing homes. We know what a difference it makes in residents’ lives–long- and short-term–to stay in a trustworthy nursing home versus a questionable one. To help you learn more about the nursing homes in your community, we share the information for Illinois nursing homes from medicare.org on our own website so you have another resource to consult. We hope you’ll use this information to protect yourself and other family members to pick nursing homes that allow you to have the best experience possible.
About The Grove Evanston
500 Asbury Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202
The Grove Evanston is a post-hospital care facility with 124 Medicare-certified beds. The Grove Evanston provides rehabilitation and therapy services to short-term residents such as orthopedic rehabilitation and physical, speech, and occupational therapy.
The Grove Evanston received an Above Average rating from Medicare. While its health inspection rating was also Above Average, it also received a Below Average staffing rating and Average quality measures rating.
This facility’s good health inspection rating comes from its relatively few health citations during its last health inspection. The entire report can be read on medicare.org, but here is a sample of deficiencies cited.
12/06/2018 Failure to protect each resident from all types of abuse such as physical, mental, sexual abuse, physical punishment, and neglect by anybody. The facility failed to protect a resident from physical abuse. The resident sustained a large bruise to his forearm when a CNA jerked his arm while providing hygiene care. He stated she pulled his arm when he was not moving fast enough for her.
12/06/2018 Failure to assist a resident in gaining access to vision and hearing services. The facility failed to ensure hearing aids were maintained and to schedule doctor’s appointments for hearing needs for one resident. The resident was observed with only one hearing aid and demonstrated difficulty hearing. The resident stated that they could afford hearing aids, but the facility held all of their money. The resident’s care plan states to check that hearing aids are in place, with no documentation of the missing second hearing aid. They did not have an order for a new hearing aid nor had the resident seen a doctor about their hearing that year.
How Levin & Perconti Can Help
Nursing homes have a legal obligation to prevent abuse of all residents, but far too often they fail in this regard. Levin & Perconti has personally seen the tragedy of nursing home abuse as we’ve worked with clients in cases involving but not limited to
- Unauthorized Physical and/or Chemical Restraint Use
- Physical Abuse
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients
- Falls, Improper Transfers, Drops by Staff
- Medication Errors
- Wandering and Elopement from facilities
- Pressure Sores
- Clogged Breathing Tubes
- Sepsis and Other Infections
- Malnutrition and/or Dehydration
- Physical or Sexual Assault or Abuse
If you or a loved one have suffered abuse or neglect at The Grove Evanston or another Illinois nursing home, Levin & Perconti can help. We will work with you to build your case and fight for your rights. Every victim deserves to be heard. If you have questions or are ready to pursue a nursing home abuse case, contact us online or call at 888-424-5757 today for a free consultation.
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.
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