How to Detect Nursing Home Abuse

How to Detect Nursing Home Abuse

How to detect nursing home abuse


By Dan Churney

The Illinois Department of Public Health recently released a report that said a male resident molested 10 female residents at the county home during a six-month period this year and staff did not do enough to protect the victims. The male resident has been removed from the home.

Chicago attorney Rosenfeld said he was familiar with the report on the La Salle County home, as his office reviews such reports.

Rosenfeld specializes in lawsuits involving nursing home abuse and he keeps tabs on related issues with his Web site: He offers advice on a variety of categories that would be relevant to families with loved ones in nursing homes or long-term care facilities, including how to select a nursing home. His advice also includes links to other resources and references.

Below are some questions and answers he feels relevant. In a recent interview with The Times, he answered the following questions. Also are included are questions he feels relevant to nursing home care.

Q: In a nursing home abuse situation, who is usually the abuser?

A: Most involve residents victimizing residents, rather than staff victimizing residents. Some cases also involve visitors victimizing residents.

Q: What challenge do investigators face in gathering evidence?

A: The victim is usually disabled or suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and thus unable to help investigators. In the case of the La Salle County Nursing Home, the Illinois Department of Public Health was fortunate enough victims were able to respond to questioning. The state usually does a good job of investigating. Abuse happens more than people realize.

Q: What is the typical reason abuse goes unchecked?

A: Short staffing. The facility may meet guidelines for proper number of staff, but it may not be what’s really enough. It’s dollars and cents. If they hire one or two more, they go over budget.

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As Economy Worsens, Swindling of Elders Increases (WA. USA)

As economy worsens, swindling of elders increases

By Michelle Singletary

July 16, 2009

Fraud is bad enough, but when you have family members or caregivers who are financially abusing their elderly relatives or patients, that’s downright despicable.

And yet, in most of the cases of elder financial abuse, the perpetrators are not strangers. Family, friends, neighbors and caregivers are the culprits in 55 percent of the cases, according to a report, “Broken

Trust: Elders, Family, and Finances, “ released by the MetLife Mature Market Institute. The report was produced in conjunction with the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Virginia Tech University.

Law enforcement and securities officials say the recession is pushing more people to steal from well-off seniors.

For more information, go to and search for “Senior Investor Resource Center.’’

To report elder abuse you can contact an Adult Protective Services office

“This type of crime just sets me off,’’ Joseph said. “You get victims who are in their 70s and 80s being taken for their life savings. What do they do? They can’t earn it back.’’

If you suspect a senior is being exploited, report it – even if the suspected scoundrel is a family member.

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SOURCE: HeraldNet – Everett,WA,USA

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