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Aperion Care Bloomington, 1509 N. Calhoun St., Bloomington, is shown on Dec. 13, 2017. Aperion Care has been fined by the state for several violations, but its attorney said the violations have been addressed and the facility is back in compliance.


BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington nursing home has been fined by the state because of inadequate staffing and lapses in resident care that, in some cases, resulted in hospitalizations.

But the facility, Aperion Care Bloomington, has taken steps to address the violations of the state Nursing Home Care Act, said Fred Frankel, the facility's general counsel.

"The violations have been addressed so the facility is now in full compliance," Frankel told The Pantagraph on Wednesday. "We're trying to get the facility back to where it needs to be physically and in terms of care."

Susan Real, executive director for the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, said the "ECIAA regional ombudsman program has been closely monitoring the situation. The situation has improved and they (Aperion Care Bloomington) are now in compliance with IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health)."

IDPH released this week its 2017 fourth-quarter report of violations of the state Nursing Home Care Act. Among nursing homes fined was Aperion Care Bloomington, 1509 N. Calhoun St.

It was fined $56,600 for several violations. Among them were:

  • Failing to meet staffing requirements for nursing and personal care for 11 of 14 days reviewed from Aug. 30 through Sept. 12, 2017.
  • Failing to provide appropriate nutrition, insulin, medications and blood glucose monitoring of a resident, resulting in hospitalization.
  • Failing to assess pain and provide pain relief for a resident, resulting in hospitalization.
  • Not ensuring that one patient's anxiety and pain medications were available.
  • Failing to provide necessary treatments for ulcers and surgical wounds for four residents.
  • Not providing treatment for pressure ulcers for one resident, resulting in hospitalization.
  • Failing to provide appropriate care and management of urinary catheters for two residents, resulting in a wound for one patient.

Frankel referred to a Pantagraph story in December where he outlined Aperion's unusual step of temporarily reducing the number of residents until underlying problems at the long-term care facility can be remedied.

Aperion Care, which has a capacity of 117 skilled- and intermediate-care residents, is looking to get its census down to about 50 residents concentrated in two wings, allowing staff to focus on care of those residents.

Building improvements will take place in the two empty wings before Aperion Care begins accepting new residents again, he said.

"We are doing our best to build the facility, the staffing and the care back up to where it needs to be," he said. "It's not done. It's a process. We are retraining staff and attempting to bring in new staff."

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