Aperion Care Centers Ratings & Violations
Aperion Care offers various health services at twenty-eight long-term care and post-hospital rehabilitation facilities throughout Illinois and Indiana, including ten centers in the Chicago Metropolitan area. These services include skilled nursing, psychiatric care, long-term care, and short-term rehabilitation. Upon admittance, every patient is assigned an attending physician to ensure their specific health, hygiene and nutritional needs are fulfilled by the highest level of care by a highly trained medical team.
Each Aperion Care facility formulates a personalized plan of care of effective treatments, protocols, and procedures conducted by staff members, nurses, therapists, and social service providers. The attending physician identifies and adjusts the courses of treatment based on the progress of the patient's condition and evolving needs. Every facility works to involve the family's needs and concerns to ensure that the patient's health issues are always addressed.
Therapeutic Services Offered by Aperion Care
For any recovering patient in need of focusing on full recovery, the therapists working at Aperion centers formulate a plan to maximize every therapeutic service provided at the facility. The therapy helps maximize recovery from an illness, injury, or surgery to allow the patient to regain their independence and return to a high quality of living. The essential therapies include:
- Physical Therapies – By utilizing quality physical therapy modalities, the therapist can assist the patient to fully recover their mobility, balance, and strength while minimizing pain. Using proven methods and experience, the treatments by the therapist can reduce the potential of recurrence after the patient leaves the facility.
- Occupational Therapies – Many surgeries, illnesses, trauma, and injuries reduce fine motor skills. However, experienced Aperion therapists can help the patient achieve their goals to reestablish their independence by incorporating therapies effective adaptive equipment to optimize daily activities to return to a dynamic lifestyle and work.
- Speech Therapy – Many illnesses and injuries cause difficulties in speaking, swallowing, or communicating. The company's therapist can provide a variety of therapeutic solutions to rebuild the patient's throat and vocal skills to improve the patient's quality of life.
Company officials know that the Aperion Care name and reputation are as strong as its staff members. The centers are staffed with registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, and licensed vocational nurses. Each registered nurse and nursing assistant is given the responsibility to provide quality care, constant monitoring, and assistance to ensure that optimal care is given throughout the patient's recovery or evolving condition.
Medicare Rules and Regulations
The federal government, through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), regulates every rehabilitation center and nursing facility throughout the United States. Illinois Department of Public Health surveyors routinely evaluates nursing staff, corporate structure, physical therapy staff hours, and home resident care to ensure every patient's safety. The results of the investigations are available through quarterly violation reports by the Illinois Department of Health.
If nursing home abuse or neglect is identified, the facility is written up with details itemized in a summary statement of deficiencies posted online for public consumption. If the center is designated as a Special Focus Facility, the center may face hefty fines and restructuring of its administrations and management.
Nearly daily, Medicare.gov updates its rating system. The nursing home receives an overall rating and rankings based on national averages on its nursing staff, quality measures, and the health care they provide. Families can use this sensitive information to understand if the staff has received proper training as monitored by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Allegation of Neglect and Abuse Involving Aperion Care
The CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) rates every healthcare facility as a way to assess and evaluate quality measures, staff member problems, and health inspections. Except for Aperion Care International (Chicago), Aperion Care Oak Lawn (Oak Lawn), Aperion Care St. Elmo (St. Elmo), and Aperion Care Peru (Peru, IN), the remaining twenty-four facilities managed by Aperion fell far below average on the Medicare rating system.
The inadequate quality measures at two dozen facilities indicate that the health, hygiene, and nutritional needs of residents at each center have not been met. Also, the majority of these facilities rated low in health inspections, indicating the facility has not met essential standards of care provided in a clean and safe environment.
There has been a recent call in a change of legislation in Illinois to place surveillance cameras throughout the halls and rooms in nursing centers throughout the state. Family, friends, and loved ones have often been unaware of the home abuse, negligence, or mistreatment of a loved one placed in a nursingfacility.
An Aperion Care Oak Lawn patient's family member favors the change of legislation after discovering poor care at the facility after their loved one suffered from abnormal brain function (chronic encephalopathy) fell, broke her hip and femur, and fractured her pelvis. To determine precisely what happened, family members asked to review recorded video from the installed surveillance cameras throughout the facility. However, acquiring the video required filing a negligence suit to view the horrific incident.
Aperion Care Malpractice Awards
Wrongful Death Case Filed in Sangamon, Illinois
The events of this lawsuit arose at an Aperion Care facility in Sangamon County, Illinois. The male resident lived there for approximately ten months. During his stay, he experienced several health issues.
He lost a lot of weight, contracted different infections, and developed pressure sores. The patient's pressure wounds eventually degraded so much that his representatives believed it was the bed sores that caused his death.
The decedent's representatives filed a civil lawsuit against the facility and sought damages related to his pain, expenses, and other losses. The complaint targeted the facility as his care provider with negligence. They claimed the defendant's unreasonable conduct damaged the man, and they should be liable for that. This case is still pending.
Bed Sore Lawsuit Brought in Lake County, Illinois
This case was filed late in 2018 in Northern Illinois. The female plaintiff lived at the facility for an extended amount of time. The lawsuit alleges that she contracted bed sores while living there. The complaint made out other health difficulties she experienced at the Aperion location, including a broken arm bone, malnutrition, and dehydration. Nursing facilities and similar centers have obligations in Illinois to make sure that residents' stays are accident-free and healthy.
If their service causes harm to residents, then they can be held responsible for all of the damage, pain, and loss that results. This case makes out a similar argument under the rubric of negligence. That just means that the defendant's conduct was unreasonable in the circumstances and caused the plaintiff's damages, including economic and non-economic harm.
Daughter Files Case Against Nursing Home after Tragic Incident
The events in this matter occurred at an Aperion facility in Springfield. The eighty-three-year-old resident fell while walking around the facility. The fall resulted in severe injuries. He had different kinds of hemorrhaging. He had various fractured bones. He also had other personal injuries.
The lawsuit claimed these harms combined to cause his death substantially. The lawsuit sought compensation for the pain he suffered, the pain of his loss, and related damages. The plaintiff would have to show that the defendant's care was unreasonable and deficient in a manner that could be described as negligent.
In attempting to do this, the plaintiff claimed that the facility did not adequately watch him or help him move around. Consequently, he fell and injured himself, starting the downward spiral in his health overall.
Hiring an Aperion Facility Neglect and Abuse Attorney
Apparent signs of home abuse, negligence, or mistreatment occurring in a nursing facility usually require any immediate legal response, where abuse or neglect attorneys can use the law to save the victim. Filing a rehabilitation center negligence claim or wrongful death lawsuit can help the family and victims obtain financial compensation for the injuries and abuse while holding the nursing facility legally accountable for their neglect.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC stands with you during the entire legal proceedings. Our team has successfully resolved hundreds of nursing home negligence lawsuits involving almost every conceivable scenario involving nursing home care.
Contact Jonathan Rosenfeld and (888) 424-5757 or fill in the contact form now to schedule a free consultation. Discuss your case involving Aperion Care Centers without any cost or obligation. Should you deem our firm a good fit with our home abuse attorney law firm, a legal fee will only be charged when there is a recovery for you.