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Family Members Must Watch for Signs Nursing Home Staff Are Stealing From a Loved One

Elder abuse can take forms other than physical abuse in a nursing home. Unfortunately, nursing home staff can take advantage of vulnerable elderly residents and steal from them. Because of their mental and medical disabilities, seniors are often not aware this is happening until it is too late and their financial resources are depleted. Family members must be vigilant to watch for the signs their loved one is a victim of financial abuse.

Nine Signs of Elder Financial Abuse

Nursing home staff can steal from vulnerable residents in many different ways. Conduct that constitutes financial abuse includes:

  • Taking a person’s money or property
  • Forging the person’s signature
  • Convincing the person to sign a new will, power of attorney, or deed through coercion, deception, or undue influence
  • Using the person’s possessions without permission
  • Promising to provide extra care in exchange for money or property and not providing the services
  • Using deception to gain the person’s confidence and engaging in a con crime
  • Using fraud, trickery, or dishonest statements or acts to obtain money or property from the person

Family members need to watch for the signs that a family member is being financially abused. Clues that nursing home staff is stealing from a loved one can include one or more of the following:

  • Unpaid bills
  • Large withdrawals from bank accounts, frequent transfers between different accounts, or ATM withdrawals that the patient cannot explain
  • Missing bank or other financial statements
  • Unusually close relationship with a nursing home staff member
  • New legal documents—such as powers of attorney—that the person does not understand or remember signing
  • Staff member expressing too much interest in the resident’s financial matters
  • Missing property or money
  • Suspicious signatures on checks or other legal documents
  • Implausible explanations of financial matters by nursing home staff or the elderly resident

If you suspect nursing home staff is engaging in financial abuse of a family member, you will need to take action to protect your loved one. An experienced nursing home abuse attorney can help you to stop this stealing and pursue a claim for compensation for your loved one from the nursing home and staff. Fill out our online form today to schedule a free consultation to learn how I can assist you.