A nursing home lawyer can help you to research nursing care facilities where you can receive high-quality care. Finding the right nursing home is of vital importance because at far too many care facilities, nursing homes fail to take basic steps necessary to protect their residents and to provide the highest possible quality of life. For example, many nursing homes are understaffed, do not provide adequate training and supervision of staff members, and do not ensure that their staff members have gone through background checks and screenings.
The consequences of moving to a poorly run nursing home can be dire for seniors. Just recently, for example, NBC 4 New York reported on a housekeeper who was charged with the theft of jewelry from residents at a nursing home. These types of incidents happen far too often, with financial elder abuse occurring on a large-scale level or a small-scale level all the time.
Financial abuse and exploitation can have a major adverse impact on seniors who are subject to abuse and it is important to try to find a living environment where such abuse will not occur. Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC can provide help in exploring nursing home and senior care options to reduce the chance of abuse occurring, so give us a call to find out about the assistance that we can offer.
Housekeeper Charged with Stealing from Nursing Home Residents
According to NBC New York, a 24-year-old housekeeper at an assisted living facility stole numerous jewelry items from eight nursing home residents during a two month period. The jewelry was stolen in the months of May and June. According to a representative from the nursing home, the housekeeper and all other staff members at the nursing home facility undergo “rigorous criminal background” checks. This particular employee reportedly did not have a criminal record prior to the theft that occurred involving the eight residents in the nursing home.
Following the theft, the housekeeper was charged with numerous criminal offenses. She was charged with grand larceny, with petit larceny and for criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was arraigned in the court in Central Islip.
Unfortunately, this incident is far from the only situation in which seniors at a nursing home care facility find that they have been victimized by exploitation and financial abuse. Many different kinds of financial crimes can be committed against seniors, from thefts like this one to caregivers who empty bank accounts for seniors to nursing home staff members who steal the identities of seniors or who convince them to change their wills, there are endless different scams that are committed against vulnerable elderly people.
All-too-often, seniors suffer from physical or mental conditions which make it difficult for them to even become aware of the thefts or exploitation that they have experienced. Seniors may also not have the necessary vocabulary to speak up about what is happening to them, especially if they suffer from conditions like dementia. And, even when seniors can speak up, it is possible they will have no one to tell about the financial exploitation or elder abuse if they do not have family members that visit or anyone who they can trust.
Avoiding abuse is vital to protect seniors, especially the most vulnerable older seniors who are not going to be able to speak up about abuse. An experienced attorney can help seniors and their families to research care facilities so they can find a place to live where the chances of abuse are reduced.
Getting Help from A Nursing Home Lawyer
A nursing home lawyer at Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC can provide comprehensive help with the process of researching nursing care facilities to find the right option for you. We will work with you to research facilities that you are considering, to make certain that the care facility does not have a history of complaints, and to read nursing home admissions paperwork to ensure that your rights are respected. We can also help you to make sure you can afford the costs of high-quality nursing home care.
To find out more about how a nursing home lawyer at our firm can assist you, give us a call at (631) 265-0599 or contact us online today. You can also join us for a free seminar to learn more about the services that we provide and the ways in which we help seniors to enhance their quality of life and protect themselves from financial abuse through careful advanced planning. Reach out today to get the help you need to protect your future.