Morgan County Battles First Coronavirus Outbreak at Aperion Care Jacksonville
In west-central Illinois, a Morgan County long-term care facility is the first to be affected by a COVID-19 outbreak. Forty-eight confirmed cases and one death have been reported involving residents of Aperion Care Jacksonville located at 1021 North Church Street in Jacksonville, according to the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) as of June 25, 2020.
There have been 126 confirmed coronavirus cases in Morgan County, with nearly a third attributed to the outbreak at Aperion Care. Many of the positive cases were among residents and staff members. A closer look through quarterly reports of long-term care facilities, Aperion care homes remain a likely offender, plagued by chronic care issues that could be prevented.
Aperion Care Jacksonville’s History of Masking Serious Failures in Care
Aperion Care Jacksonville is a 113-bed for-profit nursing home facility. The system markets itself as a comfortable facility specializing in personalized rehabilitation and post-acute care with physical and occupational therapies available 7 days a week, and resident amenities such as a beauty salon, free transportation, and pet therapy sessions. Unfortunately, Levin & Perconti attorneys have revealed several Aperion Care Jacksonville truths that families should know before entrusting a loved one to its care.
- This facility has been flagged by the Department of Health and Human Services as a “Special Focus Facility,” indicating an extended history of consistently poor quality of care.
- In 2019, IDPH fined Aperion Care Jacksonville $25,000 for an alleged resident-to-resident sexual assault. The state determined Aperion’s failure “to adequately assess/identify sexual vulnerability and increased risk of resident-to-resident abuse and … to implement/monitor interventions and prevent resident-to-resident abuse,” resulted in the sexual assault.
- The facility had a total of 32 complaints reported in the past three years, resulting in health inspection violations.
- Some of the most recent violations include ignoring resident complaints (and not informing them how to file such a grievance), overflowing urinary drainage bags sitting on the floor of catheterized patients, and endangering lives by misusing feeding tubes.
This valuable information could save a loved one from the pain, injury, and loss of dignity that results from nursing home neglect and abuse, and risk of COVID-19. Through lawsuits against Aperion, Levin and Perconti has become very familiar with how the group conducts business, its corporate structure, and unspoken policy of understaffing, which may be directly related to the recent outbreak in COVID-19 cases at the facility in Jacksonville.
Report Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Concerns
If you have a loved one in the care of Aperion Care Jacksonville and are concerned about their condition or negligent care related to infectious disease prevention and COVID-19, contact us at Levin & Perconti to learn more about what you can do next. You can also call us at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 to speak with one of our experienced nursing home lawyers in Illinois. You will never pay any fees unless we successfully resolve your claim.