After carefully choosing and vetting a nursing home, Marge’s family moved her in. Of course, they were relieved that she would be safer because someone would be with her all the time. However, after a few months, they noticed some disturbing changes. There were signs Marge was the target of nursing home financial abuse.
Explaining Elder Abuse, Generally
Elder abuse can be defined as:
“…an intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult. (An older adult is defined as someone age 60 or older.)”
We may think of ‘abuse’ as being only physical. However, there are several types of elder abuse including psychological and financial.
How to Spot Nursing Home Financial Abuse
This form of elder abuse occurs both at home and in nursing homes. One way to make sure your loved one is doing okay is to visit frequently. If that’s not possible, try to monitor your loved one’s situation as closely as possible.
Signs that someone might be financially abusing your loved one in a nursing home include:
- Cash, personal property, and valuables are missing from your loved one’s room.
- Bank account balances suddenly seem lower for no explainable reason.
- New names have been added to bank accounts.
- Credit card statements arrive, possibly with new names on them.
- An ATM card has been used without your loved one’s permission.
- Property, including real property and automobiles, has been transferred to non-relatives.
Also, review your loved one’s bill from the nursing home. Are they being charged for unnecessary services? Also, are they being charged for services that were not provided?
Talk to an Illinois Attorney Who Understands Nursing Home Financial Abuse
You may have to move a loved one to a nursing facility. However, that does not mean that they don’t have rights, including the right to be protected from financial abuse.
At Osvaldo Rodriguez, PC, we have over 20 years’ experience helping clients with nursing home neglect and abuse. Schedule a free initial consultation with Osvaldo Rodriguez, a lawyer who has dedicated his career to assisting people like you. Just call us at 708-716-3441 or fill out the Contact form on our website. We represent clients throughout the state of Illinois, including Chicago, Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berwyn, Chicago, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, and all of Cook County, Lake County, Kane County, Dupage County, and Will County.
Mr. Rodriguez is fluent in both Spanish and English.