Families often have no other option than to place a loved one in a nursing facility to ensure that they receive ongoing incontinence care for their bowel and bladder. Unfortunately, many facilities are overcrowded, understaffed, or managed by nurses that lack appropriate training to manage the health and hygiene care of every resident. Sadly, the Oak Lawn elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents have suffered life-threatening changes to their medical condition due to the negligent actions of the nursing staff.
Aperion Care Oak Lawn
Aperion Care Oak Lawn is a 134-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-approved nursing facility providing services to Residents of Oak Lawn and Cook County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
9401 S. Ridgeland Ave.
Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453
In addition to providing long-term care, Aperion Care Oak Lawn provides other services including short-term rehabilitation, psychiatric rehabilitation, and skilled nursing care.
Oak Lawn Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families have all the information they need before placing a loved one in a nursing facility, the federal government and state of Illinois routinely update the nursing home databases to reflect the most currently opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations. The updated information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Aperion Care Oak Lawn currently maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, 4 out of 5 stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for health inspections. However, our Oak Lawn nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure That Residents Receive Incontinence Care in Accordance with Acceptable Standards of Care to Prevent Skin Breakdown and Excoriation
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/01/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "follow their policy to check and change incontinent residents every two hours.” The deficient practice of the nursing staff at Aperion Care Oak Lawn affected two residents at the facility “reviewed for incontinence care.”
The concern was first noted during an observation between 10:15 AM and 12:30 PM on 09/24/2015 in 10- to 15-minute intervals. For over two hours and 15 minutes, the investigator noted that two residents “were not checked for incontinence, and were not changed by facility staff in that time period.” A family member was interviewed during the same time period who stated that “I’ve been here since 8 o’clock am and no one has come in to change [my family member]. At 12:15 PM, the resident stated that “no one had changed her yet. I needed to be changed a long time ago, no one has been here all day.” The resident’s “call light was on her left side rail, dangling toward the floor, out of reach.” The resident stated “no I can’t reach my call light. Where is it?”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Nurses’ Aide at 12:30 PM on 09/24/2015 had been providing the resident care. The Nurses’ Aide had “finished changing both [residents and stated] the last rounds performed on [the resident’s] was at 7:30 AM, five hours ago [...and] stated two other aides went home, he picked up additional patients, had another resident to go out to an appointment, and then punched out to go to lunch.” Data also suggest that “he did not have time to come back and check on [the resident’s] before 12:15 PM.”
During a separate observation on 09/29/2015 at 9:45 AM, two Nurses’ Aides were observed turning a resident “in bed for a skin check.” The resident “had been incontinent of urine and stool. The incontinent brief was saturated with strong foul smelling urine, stool was caked between [the resident’s] buttocks, and dried along the back of both sides and in the creases of skin.” The resident stated, “I have not been changed all morning.” One Nursing Aide stated, “the shift started at 7:00 AM, and even though [the CNA] came into the room early in the morning, [they] did not check or change [the resident’s incontinent brief].” The investigator noted that “this is the first time [the CNA] or anyone provided care to [the resident] the shift.”
The investigator also noted that the deficient practice of the nursing staff at Aperion Care Oak Lawn failed to follow nursing home regulations and the facility’s Incontinency Care Policy that reads in part:
“Incontinent resident will be checked periodically in accordance with the incontinent episodes or every two hours, to prevent excoriation and skin breakdown.”
Oak Lawn Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered injury or a wrongful death due to negligence or mistreatment by the nursing staff at any facility in Illinois, including Aperion Care Oak Lawn, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate legal action. Our Cook County elder abuse attorneys can handle the entire process of obtaining the financial compensation your family deserves for your damages.
To successfully resolve your claim for compensation, contact our Oak lawn Illinois nursing home abuse law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free case evaluation. We accept all personal injury cases on contingency so no upfront payment on legal fees is necessary.