Every nursing facility and Administrator are required by law to 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. This 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 elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the resident suffered injuries or wrongful death that could have been prevented by the nursing staff.Aperion Care Dolton
Aperion Care Dolton is a for-profit 80-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Dolton and Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
14325 South Blackstone
Dolton, Illinois 60419
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Aperion Care Dolton offers long-term living options, short-term rehabilitation, and psychiatric rehab.Dolton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both 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 can be found online on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Aperion Care Dolton maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary comparative analysis system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, four out of five stars for health inspections and two out of five stars for staffing issues. However, our Dolton nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Report and Investigate Any Act or Allegation of Abuse That Caused Actual Harm to a Resident
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/19/2016, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "safely transfer one resident… reviewed for falls.” The investigation included an interview with the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at 1:35 PM on 02/17/2016 stated “I have taken care of [the resident] in the past and [the resident] requires the maximum assistance of two people for transfers.” The CNA also said that the resident “has fall mats in place with a low bed [...and] ‘I do not think [the resident] could get from the bed to the floor without assistance'.”
A second Certified Nursing Assistant was interviewed at12:25 PM on the same day stating that they know the resident “very well and when I saw her in the dining room and noted she was not eating and was holding her right hand which appeared swollen." I went to get the Director of Nursing, who requested I and another CNA transfer her to bed.” The CNA said, “I do not think [the resident] can get from the bed to the floor without assistance.”
The roommate’s resident stated on the same day that “the night shift CNA was transferring [the resident when the resident] fell." The roommate also stated that the resident “was complaining of pain." A morning Certified Nursing Assistant stated, “I was assigned to work with [the resident] on the morning of 02/10/2016 and [the resident’s] roommate never mentioned to me that [the resident] had a fall the night before while being transferred by the night shift Certified Nursing Assistant.”
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) was interviewed at 11:05 AM on 02/18/2016 and stated: “on the morning of 02/10/2016, the CNA informed me that [the roommate] told her [the resident] had a fall while being transferred by the night shift CNA." The LPN also said, “I did not report the fall to anyone.”
The investigator reviewed the facility’s 02/11/2016 Employee Report documents that the Certified Nursing Assistant “has displayed discourteous behavior toward the resident [...and that the resident] complained that the [CNA] handled him rough during transfer and did not [write] it down on him for the night. The employee has been disciplined on the issue/concern before. In result [of the incident, the employee was] discharge from all duties as a CNA at this facility. Employee failed to report the incident with the resident to a supervisor.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/22/2015, the state surveyor investigated a complaint of the facility’s failure “to provide adequate supervision to prevent a resident elopement from the facility… identified as an elopement risk. This failure resulted in the hospitalization of [the resident].”
Due to a lack of proper supervision, the resident eloped from the facility on 10/17/2015. The nursing home initiated a “room to room, ground to surrounding neighborhood search" but the resident “was not located. 911 was called, family and physician were notified and management was notified" and local area hospitals were alerted. A follow-up call to family members revealed that at 8:00 AM the following morning that the resident “was spotted at one of his friend’s house on the west side of Chicago.”
If your loved one is suffered injury or wrongful death while residing at Aperion Care Dolton or any Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can intervene on your behalf. Our Cook County elder abuse attorneys can file a claim for compensation to ensure you receive the financial recovery your family deserves.
Contact our Dolton Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a no obligation, free case consultation. No upfront fees are required because all personal injury cases are accepted on contingency.