California Nursing home abuse and neglect is a much bigger problem than many people realize. More than 2 million cases of elder abuse get reported nationwide each year. It’s important for families to be aware of the signs of nursing home abuse before their loved ones get hurt.
Common Signs of California Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse or neglect is a terrible thing to happen to a loved one. It can be even more frustrating and painful when it could’ve been prevented. Without actually being by the side of your elderly loved one all the time, it’s impossible to know exactly when nursing home abuse happens. But, there are ways to tell if you’re loved one is suffering nursing home abuse. Continue reading
A Squaw Valley man was arrested last week on a felony elder abuse charge, following the death of his 81-year old mother earlier this summer. Details of the alleged abuse came to light on August 6th of this year, when authorities were called to the 1000 block of Silver Lane in Squaw Valley on an injured person report. Witnesses reported seeing an elderly woman lying on the ground near her son, suffering from a number of injuries. Authorities transported the injured woman to Community Regional Medical Center where she died. Shortly after the incident, police opened an investigation into the cause of the elderly woman’s death and her son’s potential connection. Continue reading
Elderly Scammed by Money Manager
When state insurance investigators began investigating the trust of a recently deceased elderly woman, they immediately noticed something was wrong. Thousands of dollars were being siphoned out of the account and going somewhere. As it turns out, the money was being pilfered by the woman’s own money manager, Greg Steen. Recently, local seniors have become scammed by money manager because they’ve become a trusted resource. As reported by ABC 30, authorities discovered the man had extracted well over $60,000 in funds he wrote off as administrative fees – despite the fact the trust’s owner had been dead years. When questioned by California Department of Insurance as to why the money had not been distributed to the designated family members, Steen explained that the intended recipients were minors and he was unable to track them down. Continue reading
Officials from Adult Protective Services (APS) in Tulare County are reporting a significant jump in the number of reported elder abuse cases over the past year. Beginning in July of 2014, leading up to this past May, the agency has received 1,559 reports of suspected elder abuse complaints in Tulare County. That indicates an almost 50 percent increase in the amount of cases the county normally addresses. The question many authorities are asking is why?
As reported by the Visalia Times-Delta, initial findings point to a rising senior population in the region. “The senior population is the fastest growing segment of the population,” said Bethany Berube, Tulare County public guardian and division manager for Adult Protective Services. Continue reading