Financial Abuse Ohio Nursing Homes

Financial Abuse in Nursing HomesOhio nursing home patients are not only subject to physical abuse. They are also targets of any number of scams aimed to get at their money—both from inside and from outside the managed care facility.

Managed care facilities can be in a position to control the entire economic life of a patient. Because of that, it is imperative that a family member monitor every penny that the patient receives and spends, and from every source.

Scams against nursing home patients, and other ways of separating these helpless people from their money, can come in many forms—from conmen of various kinds (consumer fraud), from various people who work at the nursing home, and even, unfortunately, from, family members.

Just recently, several scams against nursing home patients have made headlines around the country. But, unfortunately, many of these crimes are never reported or even discovered.

Those kinds of scams are almost too numerous to list. Here are just a few examples:

  1. One woman is accusing a nursing home of reassigning Social Security benefits while she was under the influence of psychiatric medication.
  2. A nursing home worker befriended an elderly patient and stole more than $80,000 from him.
  3. A social worker stole tens of thousands of dollars from multiple people.
  4. A nursing home worker took more than $4000 from a patient just by, apparently, using that patient’s ATM card.

​Examples of financial exploitation also can include cashing an elderly person’s checks without authorization, forging a senior’s signature, stealing an older person’s money or possessions, or deceiving an older person into signing any contract, will, or other document.

The elderly are particularly susceptible to economic scams, especially if they are beginning to lose control of their mental faculties. Often, in fact, the misuse of a patient’s money can go hand-in-hand with treatment for the signs of dementia, or even with the misuse of psychiatric medication.

The list of different ways to separate the elderly from their money is virtually endless. This is especially true if the elderly person is in a nursing home, which can be essentially a helpless situation, because the elderly person is completely dependent on that nursing home for every part of his or her life.

While theft from family members is beyond the scope of what we do as nursing home abuse attorneys, there are still warning signs to look for to help determine whether or not your loved one is being subjected to any kind of financial abuse.

In general, people who are monitoring their loved ones who reside in nursing homes should be on the lookout for:

  1. Sudden changes in bank account or banking practice, including an unexplained withdrawal of large sums of money by a person accompanying the nursing home resident.
  2. Inclusion of additional names on a nursing home resident’s bank signature card.
  3. Unauthorized withdrawal of the nursing home resident’s funds using the resident’s ATM card, or any other unauthorized activity in a bank account, credit card account, or investment account.
  4. Abrupt changes in a will or other financial documents.
  5. Unexplained disappearance of funds or valuable possessions.
  6. Substandard care being provided or bills unpaid despite the availability of adequate financial resources.
  7. Discovery of a nursing home resident’s signature being forged for financial transactions or for the titles of his/her possessions.
  8. Sudden appearance of previously uninvolved relatives claiming their rights to a nursing home resident’s affairs and possessions.
  9. Provision of unnecessary services.
  10. Secretive loans taken by family members from the elderly person.
  11. Frequent/recent property title changes or will changes.
  12. Forced to sign over control of finances unwillingly.
  13. No/limited money for food, clothes, and other amenities.

And, most especially, if the loved one thinks that he or she is being exploited financially, please listen to that person and ask for detailed financial information from the nursing home.

To learn more or to discuss financial abuse at an Ohio nursing home, please call us at 1-800-297-9191 for a free consultation.

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