A care worker at a senior living facility was arrested for burglary at Park Place, a senior assisted care facility located in Elmhurst, Il. Residents at the facility have reported missing valuables over the last six weeks. Elmhurst police investigations, which began on November 11, 2015, led them to the alleged offender, a male worker at the location. The missing items included a variety of jewelry such as rings, necklaces, and bracelets, as well as cash. The man allegedly stole valuables from at least eight residents and later pawned them.
Financial Abuse is Frequent
Unfortunately, this is just one of many such incidents that occur every year at senior care facilities and nursing homes across the country. Financial exploitation is one of the most common types of nursing home abuse and one that often goes unreported. According to recent statistics, as many as 41 out of 1000 seniors reported having experienced some type of financial exploitation in the previous year. Older individuals may be less aware that problems have occurred or may be suffering from dementia, making it easier to be targeted.
Nursing Homes Should Be Safe
When your parent or loved one enters a nursing home you think it is a safe and secure place to live. Nursing homes must provide a level of protection for residents, regardless of their age or physical or mental problems. When a problem happens, the nursing home and staff must be held responsible. Many instances of nursing home abuse and neglect cause physical harm. Falls, broken bones, head injuries, bedsores, and other injuries can be signs of neglect in nursing homes. Financial abuse can be more difficult to determine, making it harder to resolve. The police must be involved in these types of cases. Financial abuse may be perpetrated by staff, by other residents, or by visitors to the facility, so it can be difficult to solve.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse takes on many different forms. Verbal abuse, physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and financial exploitation are all forms of nursing home abuse that occur on a regular basis. Many times nursing home abuse does not get reported. This makes it more difficult to resolve and easier for it to continue to happen. In this case, the residents reported various thefts over a period of time. If they had not reported it, the crime would have probably gone unnoticed and unreported. It is unknown whether the man has a criminal history or whether he has stolen other items from seniors at the nursing home in the past.
Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
When abuse or neglect is discovered the incident must be reported to authorities. In this situation, the thefts were reported to the local police, who conducted a thorough investigation. Luckily, they were able to solve the case and find the alleged thief. The man has been charged with eight counts of residential burglary and his bond was set at $300,000. If you or a loved one is the victim of financial abuse or any other type of nursing home abuse or neglect, speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Contact the attorneys at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case today.
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