When elderly individuals check into nursing home facilities, they often do so after a lifetime of saving up money for that specific money. Your loved one has worked his or entire life to afford a comfortable retirement, and a nursing home should be a place where they enjoy that comfort.
However, some nursing home administrators and staff members see their residents as targets. Financial exploitation is one of the most common forms of nursing home abuse, and it represents a serious, unacceptable crime.
If you need an experienced Chicago, Illinois nursing home abuse lawyer who understands the nature of financial exploitation, please call the Sklare Law Group today at (312) 471-7777 for a free consultation.
How Exploitation Occurs
Financial matters are complicated, even for people in the prime of their lives and with all of their mental faculties. Elderly nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable to financial exploitation both because of the challenges many older Americans face when dealing with complex problems and because they're quite vulnerable to the people who might be exploiting them.
Nursing home residents are often isolated from their family members and depend upon staff members for their daily needs. This is a recipe for exploitation.
Specific forms of financial exploitation in a nursing home include:
- Coercion or other threats to directly extort money
- Over-charging for services
- Deceiving a resident into altering a will or other financial document
- Forging a resident's signature
- Theft of money or credit cards
This is the money your loved one has earned over a lifetime of hard work. For those charged with protecting residents to steal this money is loathsome and unacceptable.
We cannot guarantee you and your loved one a specific result in a financial exploitation case. But we can pursue compensation for the money that was stolen and vigorously pursue justice and accountability.
If your loved one lives or lived in a Chicago, Illinois-area nursing home and was financially exploited while in that facility, please call the Sklare Law Group today at (312) 471-7777 for a free consultation.