Financial Exploitation in Nursing Homes

IS YOUR ELDERLY OR DISABLED LOVED ONE AT RISK OF FINANCIAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION?

Financial abuse can happen when you least suspect it. Financial abuse and exploitation can occur no matter where the elderly or disabled individual lives. Unfortunately, when your loved lives in nursing home or assisted living facility, he or she could be even more at risk. Further, if he or she has named an agent under a durable power of attorney, there is always a risk of financial exploitation.

One way financial exploitation occurs is when someone takes or misuses the assets of the vulnerable adult without his or her consent. There are a rising number of instances each year where the person exploiting the vulnerable individual is someone who is close to him or her, and in a position of trust. This can include, but not be limited to, a family member, caregiver, nurse or long-term care facility employee.

 

There are many ways a vulnerable adult, elder or skilled nursing home resident can be victim of exploitation. This can include scenarios where the senior or vulnerable adult is:

  • Financial exploitation and theft of assets
  • Cashing checks without permission
  • Forging signatures
  • Credit card theft and use
  • Identity theft
  • Theft of private and personal information

Further, elder exploitation and theft can happen when a care provider charges for unnecessary services, coerces a patient to sign documents that will personally benefit the provider and the improper use of funds delegated to him or her for management under the Florida durable power of attorney.

When you or a loved one is the victim of financial abuse or elder exploitation, there is no time to waste. We care deeply about our community and what happens in it, including you and your loved ones. Do not wait to call us at (850) 222-2000 to schedule your free consultation.

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN PREVENT FINANCIAL ABUSE AND ELDER EXPLOITATION?

According to the National Council on Aging shares that 1 in 10 elder is abused. Unfortunately, this same report informs us that only 1 in every 14 cases is reported. Understanding the warning signs of elder abuse and exploitation can help you protect yourself and your loved ones. Warning signs can include a caregiver who isolates his or her patient, unusual withdrawals from bank accounts the individual cannot explain, suddenly missing belongings or property, or suspicious signatures on financial documents.

 

Let us share a few ways you can limit the exposure for yourself and the vulnerable adults you care about:

  •  Set up automatic bill payment
  • Create direct deposits to limit financial obligations
  • Visit, review and research caregivers and long-term care facilities before hiring them

 

Exploitation of the elderly and vulnerable adults continues to be a widespread issue in Tallahassee, Florida, and the surrounding areas. Our financial abuse lawyers at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, P.A. are prepared to answer your questions and help protect you or your loved one from being exploited financially.

We know from personal experience and the cases we work on with you serious this crime is.  Together, we have over one hundred years combined experience that we will apply to your case as we advocate for you. Do not wait to call us at (850) 222-2000 to schedule your free consultation. We are right here, available to serve Tallahassee and the surrounding areas, and have an attorney on-call 24 hours a day for you!