Headline grabbing acts of elder abuse often come from egregious acts of negligence that causes seniors to suffer serious physical injury and death. These types of abuse occur far too frequently than many expect, and every effort should be made to ensure that future senior victims and their families are spared.
However, one form of nursing home abuse that often gets brushed under the rug is financial exploitation and theft. It is imperative that close scrutiny be given to all caregivers who work with or around senior financial information or valuables. The vulnerability of elder Americans in this regard is clear: thousands fall victims to exploitation and theft each year all across the country.
My News 4 recently reported on another case of elder financial abuse. A hospice care worker was recently charged with stealing valuable jewelry from an 89-year old resident. The victim wore wedding jewelry worth over $33,000 including a solitaire and band. The caregiver took both pieces of jewelry off the sick woman’s body. The worker then placed costume jewelry on the victim’s hand, assuming that she would not know the difference. The victim died on September 1st and later that day the worker pawned away the extremely valuable jewelry for a mere $500.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti work every day to help seniors and their families following all forms of abuse and neglect. We understand that for every victim we help seek recourse there remain many more that never get the chance to share their story of abuse and neglect. The nameless victims who remain silenced are motivators for our attorneys. No seniors should be forced into receiving poor treatment whether that involves theft of cherished valuables or inadequate nursing care. Help us hold the negligent caregivers accountable, and contact our nursing home lawyers to report bad treatment of residents.
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