Material exploitation in a nursing home is the improper and fraudulent use of the elder's funds, property and other assets. If you see sudden spending surges or regular and unexplained withdrawals from the bank account of a loved one in a nursing home, then that is a sure sign of material exploitation. The abuser may be duping, pressuring or threatening residents. Residents may even be signing away their assets and there have even been cases where residents were forced to modify their wills and deeds.
Have you or a loved one suffered from material exploitation while in a nursing home? If so, our nursing home abuse lawyers are here to help. Contact a nursing home abuse attorney in your area today for more information about pursuing monetary compensation in a nursing home abuse lawsuit.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, look out for the below listed symptoms of material exploitation:
A majority of elders who are victims of material exploitation are women. Regular visits by family members can help avoid this kind of exploitation. It's also important to choose a nursing home that only hires employees after extensive background checks. If you find any evidence of such activities or get a complaint from a resident, report it to the nursing home management.
You can file a police complaint and contact the state authority overseeing the nursing home. In addition, there will be an Adult Protection Services (APS) program in each state, which can take your complaint. If you cannot provide help to the resident, the APS can provide everything from emergency housing and medical care to legal aid.
Did you know?
Many states have Elder Abuse Units specifically set up to investigate things like material exploitation.
The Elder Abuse Unit will investigate and prosecute abuses against elders, and provide support while educating people on how to avoid abuse.