Nursing home theft and fraud is too common

The Farber Law Group has frequently represented residents of nursing homes and their families after the resident was neglected or abused causing a serious injury such a hip fracture or a bedsore. In these types of cases, we work hard to obtain compensation for the patient and insure the future safety of the patient.

Another form of nursing home abuse that concerns us because it is so insidious is theft and fraud. Both identity theft and fraud against nursing home residents and other vulnerable adults is on the rise.

We hear too frequently that personal items, heirloom wedding rings, treasured family mementos and priceless jewelry have gone “missing.” The theft of treasured belongings adds to the loss of self-worth and dignity that an elderly adult may already feel having to leave one’s home to live in a group home, care facility or skilled nursing facility.

There are many stories in the news about thefts at nursing home. Sometimes it is the spouse of a resident that realizes her husband’s wedding ring has gone missing from his jewelry. Upon investigation, detectives found that a nursing home employee had been stealing jewelry and other items like digital cameras and selling them to pawn shops. Variations of this scenario is in the news far too frequently.

Nursing homes and other adult care situations have a duty and responsibility to ensure that elderly and vulnerable adults in their care have their rights protected. This includes that residents have a right to privacy and have a right to keep and use their own personal belongings and property.

To protect residents, nursing homes are required by law to conduct background checks including fingerprint checks on employees who have direct contact and unsupervised access to any resident. Caregivers are also required to complete 75 hours of training and be certified to work in a licensed Washington nursing home.

If you suspect a vulnerable adult is being abused or mistreated, you have a moral impetus and you may have a legal responsibility to report your concerns to proper authorities. Call 1-866-ENDHARM (1-866-363-4276*) if you suspect abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult or call 9-1-1 if the situation is an emergency.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have represented victims of nursing home abuse and neglect for more than 30 years.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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