If you or your loved one have experienced physical abuse or financial abuse while in the care of a nursing home, home health agency, family member, friend or other caregiver, this is inexcusable.
Many seniors are vulnerable adults subject to abuse and neglect as a result of their physical or mental condition. Unfortunately, there are people who prey upon our elder population and violate their position of trust.
When this happens, there must be accountability.
The elderly abuse and neglect may take the form of:
the facility or caregivers overcharging for health care services, i.e., lying about hours worked, charging for medicines or services which were not provided, etc.
false, fraudulent or deceptive billing practices, i.e., double-billing, etc.
misuse of assets, funds or investments of the patient (financial exploitation)
outright physical or emotional harm, i.e., assault of the patient, extortion, etc.
medical neglect or mishandling of the patient, i.e., ignoring bed sores/decubitus ulcers, failing to administer medicine, etc.
mismanagement of a trust fund, special needs trust, etc. (this can occur when the trustee or other party managing the fund fails to make prudent decisions, but this can also happen when they liberally approve expenses from the fund without adequate oversight, which in turn results in the fund/assets being depleted quicker than they would be if the money had been managed properly). For example: a registered nurse is hired at a premium hourly rate to give the patient Tylenol four times per day when this simple task could have easily been performed by a certified nursing assistant at a lower hourly rate (and thereby allowed the trust monies to last longer).
health care workers handling a severely injured patient without proper qualifications/training (for instance, a person with limited qualifications holds themselves out as an expert in working with a severe injury, i.e., a spinal cord patient, but in reality, the caregiver is “in over their head”).
If any of these situations occur, or you see potential warning signs of a problem, i.e., bruising, missing funds, unpaid bills, etc., you need an aggressive advocate to assert your legal rights.