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What Constitutes Financial Abuse in KY Nursing Homes?

Published on Jul 16, 2012 at 7:40 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

Entrusting the care of your elderly loved one to a Kentucky nursing home can be a difficult decision for any family, particularly because of the unthinkable reality that your loved one may be the subject of nursing home abuse in KY. The elderly are a very vulnerable group and, as such, are frequently exploited, abused, or neglected. A specific kind of abuse that occurs in nursing homes across the country is financial abuse, which occurs when a person uses the money or the property of a senior for wrongful use or with the intent to defraud the elderly resident.

Any senior citizen who is a nursing home resident or lives in another type of long term care facility may be subject to financial abuse or exploitation by nursing home staff, their direct caregivers, or the administrators of the nursing home. An individual may wrongfully use another’s finances or property for their advantage when an elderly resident was incapacitated, unable to give consent, or because they were subjected to deception, threats, manipulation, or intimidation.

There are a number of things that can constitute financial abuse, but the following are some common signs for friends and family of a nursing home resident to be aware of:

  • Losses of personal property;
  • Recent revisions of wills, trusts, or deeds;
  • Recent and/or frequent withdrawals from bank accounts; and
  • New loans or mortgage contracts.

Other examples of financially abusive behavior include a person cashing an elderly resident’s check without authorization, forging a senior’s signature, or stealing an older person’s money or possessions. If you feel your elderly loved one may be the subject of financial abuse, immediately file a complaint with the administration of the nursing home and contact the Kentucky Ombudsman program for assistance.

Kentucky nursing home abuse attorney Tad Thomas is committed to protecting the elderly and holding any parties responsible who have caused your loved one harm.