Whether you currently reside in a nursing home or one of your loved ones lives in a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is pivotal to immediately recognize and address any abuse or mistreatment. In addition to physical, verbal, emotional and sexual abuse, you should keep an eye out for other forms of mistreatment, such as financial abuse.
Financial abuse can take a number of forms, and in some instances, it is especially difficult for victims and their family members to identify. Sadly, financial abuse can have a devastating toll on those living in nursing homes and their loved ones.
Identifying financial abuse
According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, financial abuse can occur in nursing homes in many ways. For example, a victim could have money taken from them without permission, or someone could fail to pay back money they borrowed. Other examples of financial abuse include overcharging for certain services, unlawfully accessing financial accounts and using credit cards without permission.
Addressing financial abuse
If you have dealt with financial abuse, you need to take action right away. If you decide to file a report on what took place, you need to gather as much evidence as you can. For example, document the time(s) and date(s) of the violation(s). Compile a thorough description of the illegal actions and the names of those involved, and pore over all relevant details.
Sometimes, memory loss and mental health challenges can make it harder for victims to recall experiences, and this also requires careful review. Make sure you hold those responsible for financial abuse or any other form of illegal mistreatment in a nursing home answerable.