When one thinks of nursing home neglect or abuse, the immediate thought may be of physical or mental abuse. Many people aren’t aware that residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Illinois can also be abused financially. Loved ones of those who live in these facilities should be aware of the signs of elder financial abuse so they’re able to step in and protect their family members if this type of abuse happens.
Elder financial abuse
Caregivers in nursing homes and assisted care facilities often have access to a resident’s sensitive information. That makes it easy for a dishonest person to take advantage of someone who may not be aware of what’s going on. Family members of those who live in these facilities may wish to keep an eye on their loved one’s finances to look for inconsistencies.
There are several common scenarios that are considered elder financial abuse. Charging more for services or care than the agreed-upon amount is deceptive and can be difficult to discover when it happens. While it’s not appropriate for them to do so, a caregiver may ask a resident for money or request a loan and not pay it back. Lastly, a facility or caregiver may take money from a resident and not provide the services they were paid for.
Seek legal advice
Family members who have a loved one living in a nursing home or assisted care facility often notice signs that something is wrong but may not know where to turn for help. An Illinois attorney can advise loved ones how to help their family member take legal action against the person who perpetrated the abuse. Whether the abuse is physical, emotional, or financial, a successful lawsuit against the alleged abuser may provide compensation for the damages incurred.