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Defining Nursing Home Financial Exploitation In South Florida

Seniors are often victims of financial exploitation. Unfortunately, financial exploitation of seniors is a growing problem in Florida and around this nation. What this means is that more and more people are stealing money from the elderly.

One common location financial exploitation is occurring is inside nursing homes. There are many different types of workers and people who have access to nursing home residents and sadly prey on the elderly. Unfortunately, wrongdoers participate in several types of nursing home financial exploitation in South Florida, such as:

  • Writing checks from a senior’s account without his or her knowledge
  • Theft of cash, jewelry and other valuables
  • Using an elderly person’s credit cards
  • Forging a senior’s signature
  • Getting a senior to change his or her will
  • Modifying the will without a senior’s knowledge
  • Persuading an elderly person to assign power of attorney
  • Stealing a senior’s personal information to open a credit card in his or her name
  • Charging an elderly person for services he or she didn’t receive
  • Coercing a nursing home resident to financially do something against his or her will
  • Creating a phony charity
  • Making a senior pay to claim a prize
  • Identity theft
  • Investment fraud
  • Healthcare fraud

While there are many different forms of financial exploitation that seniors are vulnerable to, there are several common signs of financial exploitation families of seniors should be aware of, including:

  • Missing checks
  • Bounced checks
  • Unexplained credit card charges or opening new credit cards
  • Missing money in bank accounts and savings accounts
  • Assets transferred to others
  • Concern over finances
  • Reluctant to talk about finances

If you believe your loved one is a victim of financial exploitation in a Florida nursing home, you need to contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld to find out how you can protect your loved one’s finances. Call a knowledgeable Broward County nursing home abuse lawyer for a free consultation at 954-677-0155 today.

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