Nursing homes are a place where we place our elderly loved ones who need daily care. They are places that should be safe, so that when we place our mothers and fathers in these facilities we have confidence that they will be taken care of in the best way possible. However, some nursing homes in Florida are not safe places.
There are many nursing homes nationwide that abuse their elderly residents in some form that may include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or even financial abuse. If you are a relative of an elderly nursing home patient, there are some signs you should be aware of that may help you identify if your loved one is a victim of financial abuse.
Financial abuse can come in the form of stolen money, access to a patient’s bank account, and more. Signs of financial abuse could include:
- Regular withdrawals from your loved one’s bank account
- Unexplained purchases on credit cards
- Refinancing to take money out or a new mortgage in your loved one’s name
- New loans in your relative’s name
- Revisions to trusts, wills, and deeds
- Losses of personal property
Sometimes nursing home staff members steal this information right under a patient’s nose, and other times they may sweet talk or pressure an elderly loved one into modifying his or her will, trust, or deed. Financial abuse deprives an elderly patient of his or her income, savings, or personal property.
If you believe your loved one is a victim of financial abuse in Florida, call a Sarasota nursing home abuse attorney at the Mallard Law Firm at 888-409-3805 for a free, no-obligation consultation today.