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Signs of financial abuse of your loved one in a nursing home

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse |

Financial abuse in nursing homes poses a serious threat to elderly residents, leaving them vulnerable and exploited. Recognizing the signs of financial abuse helps you protect your loved one.

Unexplained financial transactions

One of the clearest signs of financial abuse in nursing homes involves unusual or unexplained transactions. Look for sudden large withdrawals from bank accounts, unfamiliar charges on credit cards, changes in banking habits such as frequent trips to the bank, and missing funds or valuables.

Changes in financial documents

Keep an eye out for any unexpected changes in financial documents. Watch for alterations to wills, trusts, or power of attorney. Be aware of any new names added to bank accounts or credit cards, and unexplained changes in beneficiaries of insurance policies or investments.

Unpaid bills and lack of basic needs

If your loved one lacks basic necessities or their bills remain unpaid despite having resources, this could indicate financial abuse. Look for overdue bills and notices, lack of personal items like clothing or toiletries, and poor living conditions despite the ability to afford better care.

Emotional and behavioral changes

Financial abuse can take a toll on your loved one’s emotional well-being. Look for signs of fear, anxiety, or depression. Also be aware of reluctance to discuss financial matters or withdrawal from social activities they once enjoyed.

Strategies to ensure your loved one’s financial safety

Preventing financial elder abuse requires vigilance and proactive measures. Regularly monitor your loved one’s financial situation and maintain open communication about their finances. By staying informed and involved, you help safeguard your loved one’s financial well-being.