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How does elder financial abuse happen?

Stories of nursing home abuse both in Kansas City and throughout the rest of the country may have you on the lookout for bruises, scars or any other indicators that your loved one could be experiencing such treatment at his or her facility. Unfortunately, not all forms of elder abuse leave visible marks. Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in the financial exploitation of the elderly, both by those close to them and their caretakers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that an estimated $2.9 billion was stolen from the elderly in 2010 alone (although experts believe those numbers are actually much higher, as many of these cases go unreported). 

Signs That a Nursing Home May Be Negligent

If you have a loved one in a Kansas City nursing home, you no doubt expect top-quality care in all respects. While many facilities take the health and safety of their residents seriously, in some cases serious neglect can occur. Being able to identify potential issues, such as those listed by NextAvenue.com, helps family members make sure that loved ones are being treated with love and compassion. The following are just a few things to be on the lookout for.

Stolen check writing spree ends with pair's arrest

Kansas City residents commit their ailing and infirmed loved ones to the care of nursing homes and rehabilitation centers with the expectation that those family members and friends will be well taken care of. Still, news stories of nursing home abuse may leave them on the lookout for any signs that their loved ones may be being mistreated. Typically, the indicators they look for are all plainly visible, such as unexplained bruises or scars, or sudden changes in their family members or friends' moods. However, there is another form of mistreatment going on in nursing homes that leaves no scars: financial abuse. 

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