As your loved one ages, there are a lot of tough decisions that you and your family are faced with, including choosing the right nursing home. The family often feels the burden and responsibility if something goes wrong at this facility.
Florida nursing home abuse is a very real problem that affects the elderly population. One report uncovered that the elderly are abused in 1 out of every 3 nursing homes. Read our article, Florida Nursing Home Abuse is a Major Problem – Find Out What a Study Uncovered, for more startling information contained in this congressional report.
There are many forms of Florida nursing home neglect and elder abuse, including emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse. Another one to add to this list is financial abuse. This type of abuse in nursing homes is harder to recognize, as there are not as many telltale signs, like there would be in a case of physical abuse or neglect, when pressure sores have developed. You have to know what you are looking for before you can confirm that your loved one is the victim of financial abuse in his or her nursing home.
Below are some of the warning signs of financial abuse:
- Sudden financial changes
- Missing credit cards, cash or checks
- Forged signatures
- Spending that cannot be explained
- Major change in financial handling for no apparent reason
If you suspect that your elderly family member is being financially abused, you need to contact a Florida nursing home abuse lawyer at the Law Offices of Lilly, O’Toole & Brown, LLP at (863) 533-5525. Your loved one has rights and should receive quality care from his or her nursing home. The nursing home facility should be held accountable for any cases of financial abuse that goes on.
Contact our Florida nursing home attorneys today to find out your legal options and to take action immediately.