Aperion Care Dolton
Every nursing facility and administrator must investigate and report each incident of abuse or alleged abuse to protect the health and well-being of the resident. Any failure to do so could place the resident in immediate jeopardy.
Filing a report includes notifying management, administrators, and superiors any time a resident has an accident or injury caused by the negligent actions of others or from an unknown source.
Sadly, the Dolton personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC have handled many cases where the resident suffered injuries or wrongful death that the nursing staff could have prevented.
Do you suspect your loved one is the victim of abuse or mistreatment? Contact our nursing home abuse lawyers at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
Aperion Care Dolton
Aperion Care Dolton is a for-profit 80-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved nursing home (not a continuing care retirement community) providing services to Dolton and Cook County, Illinois residents. The facility is located at:
14325 South Blackstone
Dolton, Illinois 60419
Website: Aperion Care - Dolton
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Aperion Care Dolton offers long-term living options, short-term rehabilitation, respiratory care, and psychiatric rehab.
Dolton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home databases, listing a history of opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations, and safety concerns. The information on Aperion Care facilities can be found online on numerous sites, including Medicare.gov
Aperion Care Dolton maintains one out of five-star ratings in the Medicare star rating summary analysis system. This rating includes four out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for health inspections and staffing issues.
Our Dolton nursing home abuse attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility that include:
Failure to Ensure the Nursing Home Areas Free from Accident Hazards and Provides Adequate Supervision to Prevent Accidents – Deficiency #F0689
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 29, 2021, the State investigators determined that Aperion Care Dolton "failed to provide safe transport while in a wheelchair by not attaching footrest to a wheelchair while staff pushed the resident on the hallway to prevent a residence fall."
A review of the resident's fact sheet stated that the resident was diagnosed with dementia without behavioral disturbances, difficulty walking, and a lack of coordination. On August 17, 2021, the resident sustained a fall when a certified nursing assistant pushed her down the hall in a wheelchair.
Aperion Care Dolton sent the resident to the local emergency room for an evaluation. Documents of the nursing home revealed that the resident was seen in the hallway lying on her right side. The accident occurred while she was in a wheelchair being pushed to the dining room when she abruptly dropped her feet on the floor, causing her to fall out of the chair. The resident had discoloration of the forehead.
The Certified Nursing Assistant stated that she was pushing the woman in the wheelchair that did not have a leg rest when the accident occurred. The Aperion Care Dolton Director of Rehabilitation noted that the resident has dementia, is confused with cognitive decline, and needs redirection to carry out any task. The Director also stated that the resident "needs to have a leg rest on and constant reminders must be given."
Failure to Protect Each Resident from the Wrongful use of the Resident's Belongings or Money – Deficiency #F0602
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 23, 2021, the state investigators determined that the Aperion Care Dolton "failed to protect residents from misappropriation of resident property or exploitation. This failure affected [two residents]."
In one case, the resident had been living at the facility since January 2020 with a diagnosis of dysarthria following cerebral infarction [damage of cranial nerves or brainstem/midbrain regions] and respiratory infection, anxiety disorder, esophagus ulcer without bleeding, chronic kidney disease, and other conditions.
The resident entered his room after lunch using a motorized wheelchair telling a surveyor that a former employee at the facility stole his items after borrowing his cigarette lighter. The resident said the survey or that she had taken a $5 bill, a cigarette, and the lighter and only returned a $5 bill.
The state investigator interviewed the facility administrator, who could not substantiate abuse because the former employee denied taking the cigarette and the money. However, she did take the resident's cigarette lighter.
A review of the former employee's personnel file showed that he was terminated for failing to file the policy of unauthorized possession of a resident's property "negligent of willful active conduct detrimental to customer service of facility operation." The employee "acknowledged the receipt of resident rights and abuse prevention policies."
Failure to Ensure the Residents are Free from Significant Medication Errors – Deficiency #F0760
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 19, 2021, the state investigators determined that Aperion Care Dolton "failed to follow the doctor's order for safe medication administration for [a resident]. Observe for medical administration."
The incident involved a licensed practical nurse administering medication to a male resident. When the LPN was asked to confirm the doctor's orders, they stated, "gave [the resident] the wrong medication. The dose I gave him was double."
The LPN told the investigators the medication was for seizures. The acting Director of Nursing stated, I expect the nurse to "follow the medication guidelines. The nurse needs to file the correct patient, correct time, correct dose, the correct route, and complete documentation of the medication pass."
The Medical Director stated, "my expectation is that the nurse follows the orders the nurse practitioner or I give and medicate the patient correctly."
Failure To Honor the Resident's Rights to a Dignified Existence, Self-Determination, Communication, and to Exercise His or Her Rights – Deficiency #F0550
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated January 10, 2022, the state investigators noted that the facility staff "failed to treat a resident with dignity and respect by making negative statements to a resident while providing care."
The investigation involved a male patient with a past medical history of lack of coordination, Type I diabetes mellitus without complications, chronic embolism, extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) resistance, essential primary hypertension, cognitive communication deficit, etc.
On January 4, 2022, the resident was in his room when a certified nursing assistant told him that "she could not breathe because his wound smelled bad, and asked if she could crack the window open even though it was cold outside."
The Aperion Care Dolton resident stated that he felt bad at the time "because he cannot control the smell of his wound." The following day, a licensed practical nurse said that when she went into the room to help the certified nursing assistant clean the resident, "the window was closed, resident said he was cold and had a blanket on, may have been from the window being opened earlier."
The CNA admitted that she opened the window because of the smell and received a call from the resident's family after hearing from the resident that the CNA said that he was stinking "and that he had to wait for a blanket."
The facility administrator told the investigators that "she doesn't think that the staff intended to hurt the resident's feelings."
A review of the November 2016 facility policy on abuse states in its guidelines that "the resident has the right to be free from abuse, neglect, misappropriation of resident property and exploitation." Part of the definition states that it "abuses the willful infliction of injury."
The document also states that "willful, as used in this definition of abuse, means the individual must have acted deliberately, not that the individual must have intended to inflict injury or harm."
Why Appropriate Pressure Ulcer Care Increases Residents' Well Being
A pressure ulcer (bedsore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer) is a wound that forms on the skin as a result of prolonged pressure on the surface. A bedsore injury most commonly affects people confined to a bed or wheelchair for an extended period of time.
The constant pressure cuts off the blood supply to the area, which can cause the skin to break down and die. A pressure ulcer can lead to infection, sepsis, and even death if left untreated.
However, appropriate care and treatment can prevent or heal most pressure ulcers. Neglecting to provide adequate care for a pressure ulcer can increase the resident's overall level of discomfort. Nursing homes must provide residents with appropriate pressure ulcer care to avoid these injuries.
Staff Must Be Trained on Preventing Bedsores
To ensure that nursing home residents receive the best possible care, staff must be trained to prevent and treat pressure ulcers. Staff should be well-versed in the proper techniques for repositioning residents, providing adequate padding and support surfaces, and monitoring skin conditions for changes.
It is also important for nursing home residents to be proactive about their health if they are mentally or physically able to do so. Otherwise, it may be up to you. Residents should feel safe communicating their concerns about their condition or any pain they are experiencing to their caregivers.
Speaking out will help staff address potential issues early on before they can develop into a bigger problem, causing the patient even more harm.
Deadly Skin Wounds: The Multiple Stages of Pressure Sores
There are multiple stages of bedsores, as defined by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), including:
- Stage I (earliest stage): The skin may be red and warm to the touch. There may be some fluid drainage from the area. Treatment for a Stage I bedsore includes turning and repositioning the person every two hours, using a pressure relief mattress or pad, and checking the skin often for signs of healing.
- Stage II (development stage): The skin may be bright red and tender without appropriate pressure ulcer care. Blisters may form on the skin. The sore may start to drain pus or serum. Treatment for a Stage II bedsore includes turning and repositioning the person every two hours, using a pressure relief mattress or pad, and checking the skin often for signs of healing.
- Stage III (advanced stage): The skin may be black or necrotic (dead). The sore may smell bad. Treatment for a Stage III bedsore includes turning and repositioning the person every two hours, using a pressure relief mattress or pad, and checking the skin often for signs of healing.
- Stage IV (life-threatening stage): The skin may be completely gone, exposing bone or muscle. Treatment for a Stage IV bedsore includes turning and repositioning the person every two hours, using a pressure relief mattress or pad, taking antibiotics if there is an infection, and checking the skin for signs of healing.
The health and well-being of residents affected by bedsores can decline rapidly without appropriate treatment from a trained registered nurse, wound care specialist, or doctor.
By state law, the federal facility must develop and implement an effective infection prevention and control program to help control developing bed sores and prevent new ulcers.
Every employee, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, doctor, and staff member at Aperion Care Dolton must timely report suspected abuse to proper authorities and any family member according to the resident's preferences.
Abuse and Mistreatment at Aperion Care Facilities
Abuse and neglect in nursing homes are common problems in the United States. According to a National Center on Elder Abuse report, almost 90% of nursing homes have been cited for at least one violation of federal regulations.
These nursing home violations can include neglect, abuse, fraud, and financial exploitation.
The most common forms of abuse and neglect include:
- Physical Abuse: Any physical punishment or assault on a nursing home resident is considered abuse, including hitting, spitting, slapping, pushing, tripping, poking, and choking.
- Sexual Abuse: Nursing home residents can be sexually abused by staff or other residents. Sexual abuse could involve unwanted touching, rape, and sexual exploitation.
- Emotional Abuse: Verbal assaults, threats, intimidation, and humiliation against residents can all be considered emotional abuse.
- Financial Abuse: Nursing home residents can be exploited financially by staff or family members through theft of money or belongings, fraudulently changing wills or powers of attorney, or coercing the resident into signing over property or assets.
- Neglect: Failure to provide essential nursing care such as food, water, clothing, shelter, medical attention, emergency medical care, and personal hygiene can all constitute neglect when failing to provide support that meets all the resident's needs.
- Abandonment: Leaving nursing home residents alone in a facility without proper supervision and nursing care is considered abandonment that could compromise the resident's health.
- Institutional Abuse: When the norms and rules of a nursing home are routinely violated and create an environment that is harmful to residents, this is institutional abuse.
- Medication Errors: Medication errors include giving incorrect doses of medication, failing to monitor medication interactions, administering medications without proper consent, and prescribing unnecessary drugs to residents.
- Pharmacy Abuse: Any staff member or licensed pharmacist failing to provide pharmaceutical services that meet the resident's drug regimen as ordered by their doctor could involve suspected abuse.
- Restraint Use: Restraints can be physical (such as straps or ropes) or chemical (such as drugs that limit movement). Restraints are often used unnecessarily and lead to an increased risk of injury or death for nursing home residents.
- Social Isolation: Keeping nursing home residents isolated from friends and family members can decrease their quality of life and increase the risk of depression and anxiety.
Staying Safe in Nursing Homes: Accident Hazards Can Lead to a Major Injury
Nursing home nurses and staff members at senior care facilities must create and maintain a safe environment free of accident hazards that could cause a resident to fall. Sometimes, the staff must provide adequate supervision or prepare residents for potentially dangerous situations that could lead to a falling accident.
Some of the most common accident hazards in nursing homes that can lead to falls include:
- Poorly designed or maintained floors and carpets.
- Uneven or slippery floor surfaces
- Loose cords or electric wires
- Unsecured area rugs
- Bathtubs, showers, and toilets without grab bars
- Poor lighting conditions
- Step stools, ladders, and chairs that are not properly secured
- Inadequate staffing levels
Common injuries that occur when a resident falls in their room or any nursing home area include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): The blunt force of hitting their head on a hard surface after slipping and falling can lead to a severe traumatic brain injury causing loss of consciousness, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and even death.
- Fractured hips: When people slip and fall, they often land on their hip bones, resulting in a fracture. This fracture is especially common in the elderly population and can lead to long-term immobility.
- Broken wrists: The force of a fall can easily break a person's wrist. This injury is one of the most common fractures among nursing home residents.
- Sprained ankles: Oftentimes, when someone slips and falls, their ankle will roll inward, resulting in a sprained ankle. This injury can take weeks or even months to heal properly.
- Lacerations: Nursing home residents are susceptible to lacerations (cuts) if they fall and hit something sharp on the ground. These cuts can often be deep and require stitches to properly heal.
- Dislocated shoulder: A shoulder dislocation occurs when the shoulder joint pops out of its socket. This type of injury is often caused by a fall off a ladder or down stairs.
- Broken ribs: One of the most common injuries associated with falls is broken ribs. These fractures can be very painful and may require hospitalization for treatment.
- Concussions: A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a forceful impact on the head. This type of injury can cause dizziness, headaches, blurred vision, and even coma.
- Internal bleeding: Nursing home residents are at risk for internal bleeding after a fall because they often have weakened bones from osteoporosis or dementia. Internal bleeding can be life-threatening if not treated promptly.
- Back injuries: A person's back is especially vulnerable to injury after slipping and falling. Back injuries can be extremely debilitating and may require surgery for treatment.
- Knee injuries: The knee is another commonly injured joint after a fall. Knee injuries often require extensive rehabilitation before the person can return to their normal activities.
- Kidney damage: A fall can cause serious kidney damage if the person lands on their back or side wrong during the fall.
Were you or a loved one injured in a nursing home fall due to negligence or abuse? Contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and options. You may be able to file a lawsuit against the nursing home.
Dolton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Did you suffer severe injury or lose a loved one through wrongful death while residing at Aperion Care Dolton or any other Illinois nursing facility? The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can intervene on your behalf.
Our Cook County nursing home abuse lawyers can file a compensation claim to ensure you receive the financial recovery your family deserves.
Contact our Dolton, Illinois, nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
We accept every personal injury case and wrongful death lawsuit on a contingency fee agreement. This arrangement ensures you pay no upfront fees until your legal team resolves your Aperion Care Dolton compensation case through a negotiated settlement or jury award.