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Aperion Care Oak Lawn

The elderly are among the most vulnerable people in our society. They are often frail and rely on others for basic needs such as food, water, and shelter. For this reason, they are also often the targets of abuse.

Abuse can have a devastating impact on patients, both physically and emotionally. It can leave them feeling scared, alone, and helpless. In some cases, it can even lead to death.

Were you abused or neglected while residing at Aperion Care Oak Lawn? The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC can help. Let our attorneys file a compensation claim to ensure your family receives the financial compensation they deserve.

Contact our 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.

Aperion Care Oak Lawn

This facility is a 134-certified bed Medicare and Medicaid-approved for-profit nursing facility (not a continuing care retirement community) providing care and services to Cook County residents. Aperion Care Oak Lawn is located at:

9401 South Ridgeland Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 599-6700
Website: https://aperioncare.com/locations/oak-lawn/

Aperion Care Oak Lawn provides care, services, and amenities, including:

  • Assisted Living
  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living
  • Behavior/Symptom Management
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • CHF Management
  • Community Reintegration
  • Dementia/Alzheimer's Care
  • Diabetes Management
  • Feeding Tubes
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • IV/Infusion Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthopedic/Joint Replacement Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Post-Stroke Rehab
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Short-term rehabilitation
  • Skills Training
  • Speech Therapy
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Wound Care

Aperion Care Oak Lawn Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

Through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal government maintains updated records on all nursing facilities' health inspections nationwide. The Medicare overall rating database documents all violations, health inspections, formal complaints, and health concerns.

Aperion Care Oak Lawn currently maintains a one out of five stars overall rating. The Aperion Care ratings at this facility based on all other nursing homes include:

  • One out of five stars for health inspections
  • One out of five stars for staffing issues
  • Four out of five stars for quality measures

The Cook County personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC have reviewed numerous documents, inspections, investigations, and surveys concerning Aperion Care Oak Lawn and have found serious concerns, including:

Failure to Protect Every Resident from All Forms of Abuse Including Physical and Sexual Assault, Physical Punishment, and Neglect by Anybody – Deficiency #F600

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 13, 2021, the state inspectors determined that Aperion Care Oak Lawn failed to "ensure two residents remained free from abuse.

The state investigator interviewed two residents who "were whispering in searching the room making sure no one was listening to the conversation." One Aperion Care Oak Lawn resident stated that the Administrator "yelled at the both of them for speaking to surveyors about their concerns."

One Aperion Care Oak Lawn resident confirmed what the other said, indicating that "yes, he did yell at the both of us earlier and stuck his finger in our faces, stating, 'I take good care of you. It made us feel like s***.'"

The Aperion Care Oak Lawn resident stated, "he threatened to sentence to another facility if we keep complaining."

The investigators interviewed the facility Administrator concerning the allegations. However, the Administrator denied "allegations against him and stated they are unfounded," saying that "he would never point in yell at his residence in the facility. In fact, I have a good rapport with both of the residents and have always made sure their needs are met."

Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – Deficiency #0689

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 13, 2021, the state inspectors determined that Aperion Care Oak Lawn failed to "ensure that medications were not left at the bedside for one resident reviewed for a safe environment."

The state investigators observed a resident with three pills in a cup labeled with his name on the bedside table. The Oak Lawn resident stated that the nurse "put those there last night, and they do not know what they are."

An Aperion Care Oak Lawn Licensed Nurse said, "those pills are from last night. I gave the resident morning medication and did not see them on the table." The Oak Lawn facility's Assistant Director of Nursing stated, "leaving medication at the bedside is unacceptable."

Failing to Develop Fall Interventions, Leading to Multiple Falls

In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated May 31, 2022, the state inspectors determined that Aperion Care Oak Lawn failed to "provide ambulation and transfer assistance and identify the root cause of fall incidents."

The two Oak Lawn residents affected by the deficiency were "reviewed for fall and fall prevention interventions." The failures led to both residents "having multiple fall incidents in one month.

Failure to Provide and Implement an Infection Protection and Control Program – Deficiency #F880

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 13, 2021, the state inspectors determined that Aperion Care Oak Lawn failed to "perform appropriate hand hygiene between two residents during medication administration, failed to clean blood pressure cuff in between two residents, and failed to prevent the indwelling catheter bag from touching the floor for another resident."

Appropriate Pressure Ulcer Care Is of Utmost Importance to Avoid Life-Threatening Injuries

Nursing home residents are at a high risk of developing pressure ulcers (bedsores, pressure sores, pressure wounds, decubitus ulcers). These new ulcers can develop when there is pressure on the skin for an extended period, often due to being immobile for a long time, being overweight, or having certain health conditions.

Pressure ulcers can be excruciating and slow to heal, often leading to infection. In some cases, they can become so severe that they require surgery.

Nursing home residents are at a higher risk of developing pressure ulcers because they often have to remain in bed for long periods. Their immobility might be due to their health condition or because they are not able to walk.

Contributing factors and a lack of professional standards that could lead to facility-acquired bedsores include:

  • Failing to readjust a mobility-challenged resident at least once every 90 minutes: Some disabled, elderly, and paralyzed residents require assistance to readjust their body weight to eliminate restricted blood flow to the skin, which could lead to developing a pressure wound.
  • Allowing a patient who uses a wheelchair to sit in the same position for hours on end: Not providing regular movement can cause blood circulation problems, leading to skin damage and sores.
  • The staff neglect to turn bedridden patients: Anyone disabled, wheelchair bound, or bedridden must be repositioned every two hours.
  • Leaving dressings or medical equipment on for too long: Pressure ulcer cushions or clean dressings can help bedsores heal, but it creates constant pressure on one skin area, making it more likely for new ulcers to form.
  • Not cleaning an incontinent patient's skin regularly can create a moist environment where bacteria thrive, leading to infection and more severe sores.
  • Ignoring red flags such as swelling, bruising, or drainage: These are signs that a wound is present and needs attention.
  • Failing to provide proper nutritional services: A lack of nutrients can weaken the immune system and make it more difficult for the body to heal wounds.
  • Skipping baths or using incorrect bathing techniques: Not bathing patients regularly can increase the chances of developing an infection, accumulating dirt and oils on the skin that can cause sores.
  • Allowing patients to smoke: Nicotine narrows blood vessels and reduces blood flow which is essential for healing wounds.
  • Not providing enough staff: Having too few nurses or aides on duty increases the chances that tasks such as turning patients will be skipped or done inadequately, leading to bedsores.
  • Having an insufficient number of bedsores prevention protocols: If your facility doesn't have specific protocols for preventing bedsores, staffers may not know what to do to keep residents safe to avoid these injuries.
  • Failing to provide adequate education about bedsores prevention: Staff not adequately educated about how best to prevent them may not provide the necessary nursing home care for residents at risk for developing them.
  • Providing inadequate supplies such as pressure-relieving mattresses, sheets, and pillows: Without these tools, staff members are less likely to comply with preventive measures such as turning residents often.
  • Having an ineffective communication system in place: Poor communication among staffers can lead to neglected tasks and potential injuries like bedsores.

The nursing home should follow appropriate pressure ulcer care protocols to prevent bedsores from developing. These protocols include repositioning residents every two hours, checking their skin for signs of pressure ulcers, and providing adequate nutrition and hydration.

If nursing homes follow these protocols and provide appropriate treatment, they can help reduce the risk of developing facility-acquired pressure ulcers and maintain the resident's health.

Why Every Nursing Home Must Implement Policies to Prevent Contagious Infections

In the United States, an estimated 1.5 million residents live in nursing homes, meaning many people are susceptible to contagious infections. Unfortunately, many nursing centers do not have adequate policies to prevent spreading these infections, leaving residents vulnerable to serious health complications and even death.

Every nursing home implements policies to prevent contagious infections. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • Contagious infections can be severe and even deadly
  • Infections can spread quickly in nursing facilities and can easily infect other residents.
  • Nursing home staff are often not adequately trained to prevent the spread of infections.
  • Some nursing home facilities do not have the financial resources to treat infections properly.
  • Infections can cause immense pain and suffering for residents.

Contagious infections are a leading cause of death in nursing home residents. Resident safety is crucial when preventing infections and can help reduce the number of hospitalizations and improve the overall quality of life for nursing home residents.

Common contributing factors to why infections occur so often in nursing homes include:

  • Nursing home residents suffer severe infections due to their weakened immune systems.
  • Poor hygiene practices and a lack of cleanliness in nursing facilities can spread infection.
  • Nursing home residents are often elderly and have chronic health conditions, which make them more susceptible to infection.
  • Many nursing facilities are overcrowded, which can lead to the spread of infection.
  • Nursing home residents often have to share rooms with other residents, which increases their risk of contracting an infection.
  • Nursing home residents are often exposed to harmful bacteria and viruses, which can lead to infection.
  • Poor nutrition can also make nursing home residents more susceptible to infection.
  • Many nursing centers do not have enough staff members, leading to a lack of proper hygiene practices.
  • Nursing home residents are often not given enough time to wash their hands properly, which can spread infection.
  • Nursing home residents are often not given enough time to bathe or shower, which can also spread infection.
  • Infections can also be spread through shared medical equipment or supplies.
  • Nursing home residents are often not screened for infections.
  • Many nursing facilities do not have adequate ventilation systems, which can contribute to the spread of infection.
  • The proximity of many nursing home residents increases the opportunity to spread infection.

Ultimately, preventing contagious infections is the right thing to do. Having enough nursing staff and healthcare professionals helps keep patients safe from harm.

Implementing policies based on professional standards to prevent contagious infections is one way that can happen.

How Nursing Home Neglect Affects Senior Care

Nursing home negligence is often the cause of severe and sometimes deadly injuries. These injuries often go unnoticed until it is too late for the resident.

Injuries from nursing home negligence often go unnoticed until it's too late. Residents may suffer from severe injuries that often lead to fatalities. Unfortunately, many families don't realize the neglect and abuse their loved ones are suffering until they are injured or dead.

Nursing home negligence can include:

  • Failing to administer physician-ordered medication: Not administering a drug on time, giving the wrong medicine, giving the wrong dosage.
  • Failing to follow up on patient changes: Not checking on patients regularly, not responding to changes in condition.
  • Poor hygiene practices: Not washing hands between patients and not using gloves when appropriate
  • Lack of training: Staff members who are not adequately trained in handling patients and their care.
  • Inadequate staffing: Insufficient nurses or staff members to properly care for patients
  • Faulty equipment: Broken equipment that is not fixed promptly and improper use of medical devices
  • Poor communication: Not communicating with other departments and failing to relay important information about a patient's condition.
  • Lack of adequate supervision: Staff members allowed to work unsupervised lack oversight from management.
  • Poor judgment: Making decisions that put patients at risk, such as letting them walk around unsupervised.
  • Inconsistent policies and procedures: Different rules for employees and lack of standardization across the nursing home
  • Neglectful attitude: Nurses and staff who do not care about their patients do not take their job seriously.
  • Unsafe environment: Cluttered hallways and rooms, dangerous equipment left in plain view
  • Lack of training: Workers are not properly trained in interacting with residents and observing safety precautions.
  • Allowing unlicensed personnel to provide care: Hiring workers who are not properly licensed or certified to provide care outside professional standards or the Aperion Care Oak resident's preferences.

Neglecting a resident can negatively affect the resident, loved ones, and staff. Negligence can lead to physical and psychological harm to the resident and also harm the family, who may feel guilty or responsible for the resident's condition.

Additionally, negligence can lead to unsafe living conditions for the residents and staff and financial instability for the nursing home. Providing quality care to all residents is vital to prevent these harmful consequences.

Nursing Home Employees Must Provide A Safe Environment Free of Accident Hazards

Nursing home employees must provide care in a safe environment free of accident hazards to avoid patients suffering significant injuries. Patients in nursing home facilities are often elderly and have medical conditions that make them vulnerable to accidents.

Injuries can occur in any nursing home area from falls, slips, trips, and contact with hazardous materials.

Aperion Care Oak residents suffer severe injuries and accidents when they:

  • Fall down the stairs
  • Are not adequately supervised and fall out of bed
  • Trip over objects left in the walkways in any nursing home area
  • They are not properly restrained in their wheelchairs and fall out of them.
  • They are not screened from potential hazards, such as hot stoves.
  • Ingest poisonous materials that are left within their reach
  • Contract infections from unsanitary conditions
  • Have inadequate heating or cooling systems in their rooms
  • Are physically assaulted by staff or other residents
  • Experience emotional or psychological abuse by staff or other residents
  • They do not receive appropriate treatment for their medical conditions.
  • Do not have access to necessary equipment, such as wheelchairs or walkers.
  • They are neglected by staff members who are overworked and underpaid.
  • Are victimized by theft involving staff members or other residents.

The staff must prevent accidents because the consequences can be tragic if a patient suffers a major injury in a nursing home. The patient may require hospitalization and long-term care, which can be costly.

Families may also file lawsuits against the nursing home for damages. It is, therefore, essential that nursing home facilities take steps to prevent accidents from happening.

Employees should be adequately trained to operate and use the equipment safely. They should also be aware of potential hazards in the workplace and take steps to avoid them.

Nursing Home Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse in nursing home facilities is a pervasive and severe problem. The disabled, the elderly, and those rehabilitating are all at risk for sexual assault. Nursing home sexual abuse can take many forms, from unwanted touching and verbal harassment to rape and sexual assault.

Perpetrators can be staff members, employees, contractors, visitors, family members, or other residents. The victims are often too vulnerable to speak up or ask for help. Common sexual assault cases involve:

  • Inappropriate touching by nursing staff: Any nonconsensual inappropriate contact involving a male and female health care provider could be considered sexual assault while providing care. This abuse might include fondling or groping, kissing, or other forms of physical contact that are unnecessary for providing care.
  • Inappropriate sexual conversations with residents: The staff may engage in sexually explicit conversations with residents, which can be coercive and intimidating. Staff may also use sexually explicit language when addressing residents.
  • Exposing residents to pornography: Nursing staff or others may expose residents to pornographic material without consent, which can be highly damaging and humiliating for residents.
  • Forcing residents to watch sex acts: Staff or others may force residents to watch sex acts or participate in sexual activity against their will, which can be highly traumatizing for victims.
  • Rape and sexual assault: Nursing home staff members may rape or sexually assault residents, a particularly heinous form of abuse that can have long-lasting consequences for victims.
  • Engaging in sexual relations with residents: Nursing home staff members may engage in sexual relations with residents, regardless of that resident's ability to give consent, which is a clear violation of trust and can be highly traumatic for victims.
  • Touching genitals or breasts: Nursing home staff members may touch the genitals or breasts of residents without their consent, which is an invasion of privacy and can be traumatic for victims.
  • Making sexual comments about residents: Nursing home staff members may make sexual comments about residents, which can be degrading and humiliating.

Sexual abuse can have devastating consequences for victims, leading to physical injuries, psychological trauma, and even death. It is essential to be aware of the signs of nursing home sexual abuse and to know how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim.

When a Family Member Can File a Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Nursing home wrongful death lawsuits are civil suits that allow family members to file a claim against Aperion Care Oak nursing home, the resident's doctor, or any other individual or entity responsible for the death of their loved one.

Wrongful death lawsuits provide a way for families to seek justice and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

When someone dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity, their family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In a wrongful death lawsuit, the family can seek damages from the person or entity responsible for the death.

Damages could include compensation for medical expenses, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of income. A personal injury attorney can help in numerous ways, including:

  • File a civil lawsuit on behalf of the deceased's estate and family members.
  • Compile evidence of abuse or misconduct by the nursing home staff.
  • Negotiate a settlement with the nursing home or their insurance company.
  • Request a jury trial to seek maximum compensation for the family.
  • Take depositions from witnesses and defendants to build a strong case.
  • Request records from the nursing home regarding the deceased's care.
  • Make use of expert witnesses to testify on behalf of the family

Proving Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

To prove that the nursing home is responsible for your loved one's death, your lawyer will need to show that the nursing home was negligent or acted in a way that led to death. Some common ways that nursing home facilities can be negligent include:

  • Failing to provide adequate supervision or care
  • Failing to timely diagnose or treat a health condition
  • Failing to properly administer medication
  • Allowing patients to wander off-premises
  • Providing substandard food or nutrition
  • Allowing unsanitary conditions or infections to develop

Proving a case requires establishing negligence or intent. The lawyer will demonstrate that:

  • The defendant had a responsibility to the plaintiff by owed them a duty of care, meaning that the defendant had to take reasonable steps to ensure the plaintiff's safety.
  • The defendant breached this duty by failing to take reasonable steps, and the plaintiff suffered harm due to this breach.
  • Finally, the plaintiff has suffered damages due to the defendant's actions.

If your lawyer can establish that the nursing home was negligent in any of these ways, you may be able to recover damages for your loss.

These damages include funeral expenses, health care bills, and loss of income. In some cases, you may also be able to recover damages for the pain and suffering endured by your beloved one before their death.

Have you lost a family member due to the negligence of Aperion Care Oak Lawn, a doctor, a licensed nurse, or any other individual or entity? You may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. To learn more about your rights and how to proceed with filing a claim, please contact an experienced attorney.

Hire Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers to Resolve Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

Was your beloved one neglected and abused while residing in Aperion Care Oak Lawn or any other nursing home in Illinois? The nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help.

Contact us 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.

Our Oak Lawn, IL, personal injury attorneys accept all nursing home abuse cases and wrongful death lawsuits on a contingency fee agreement. This arrangement ensures you will pay no upfront fees until your legal team resolves your case through a negotiated settlement or jury award.

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Disclaimer: The above inspection findings are take from public sources including the State Department of Health and from Medicare inspection conducted at the facility at least every fifteen months. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC cannot confirm that the content on this site is the most recent information related to the facilities mentions.

The inspection findings published are not complete. You may find the most up to date information here: dph.illinois.gov or medicare.gov.

The deficiencies/citations listed on this page may have been corrected or substantially corrected after the date of the inspection and date of publishing this material. This page is a legal advertisement and a resource of information for visitors. This material is not endorsed by the facility noted or by any governmental agency. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC does not have any affiliation with the facility.

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