Banks across the country are training their employees on red flags in bank account activity that would suggest exploitation of an elderly person's finances. Some of the red flags include a change in the method of bank activity and a new signature on cards and deposit slips. Sometimes, this training is implemented as a part of Elder Abuse Awareness Month. We hope that all banks in our state will follow suit and provide training for its employees to protect against financial elder abuse!
The nursing home industry is one that is experiencing growth right now, since many aging Americans from the "baby boom" generation are beginning to retire and some decide to enter into nursing homes and assisted living facilities. With the boom in patients, nursing home are either hiring more attendants or giving attendants longer work hours. Unfortunately, nursing homes also have a high turnover rate for employees.
Nursing homes are a pretty ubiquitous feature of most cities and populated areas. Although many people know generally what nursing homes are like and what features they have, some do not know the many varieties within these facilities. All nursing homes are not created equal and there is a wide variance in layout, amenities, features, and programs.
Recently, a Philadelphia-area nursing home is under fire for supposedly contributing to a wrongful death case. The death, which is thought to be due negligence on the part of the nursing home staff, came after a series of illnesses which affected an elderly woman in the home's case. The wrongful death lawsuit claims that the resident needed 24 hour care, due to a history of trouble walking, dementia, and other issues. However, she was still was often found on her floor in her bedroom of the nursing home unattended, and it was clear that she had fallen. Eventually, the resident had a fall that was so severe that she had to go to the emergency room. Upon returning to the nursing home, she was placed in hospice care and passed away about two months after her accident.
Have you read the report by the US Senate's Special Commission on Aging? They identified the top 10 frauds that target our seniors across the country. Here is the list that they compiled:
Recently, phone scammers have been targeting Pennsylvania seniors across the state. An article by GoErie.com highlighted this phenomenon, which is important for all elderly citizens and their family and friends to know about! According to the article, a representative from the PA Department of Aging reported that these scams are not uncommon among their 52 area agencies, which represent all 67 PA counties. Many of these scammers pretend to be calling on behalf of friends or family members who are having emergencies and need money sent to them. If an unknown person does call, it is important to never give any personal information, credit card information or your social security number to anyone you don't know over the phone.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an article on July 1st, 2013 that took an in-depth look at some recent, prominent scams that are being aimed at the area's elderly population. For each common scam, the article described the offense, how to handle it after it's happened, and how to prevent other possible occurrences from happening. Some of the scams the newspaper article covered included:
The possibility that a resident of a nursing home may fall is a very real, serious danger. Every year approximately 1,800 senior citizens living in nursing homes die from fall-related injuries. To illustrate this point a little further, the CDC has compiled numbers that are shocking, to say the least. Only about 5% of adults 65 or older live in a nursing home, but nursing home residents account for about 20% of deaths from falls in this age group. A resident in a nursing home typically falls more than once, with the average resident having about 2.6 falls per year.
Wow, what a great idea to help our state's nursing home residents during the holiday season! A Doylestown-based nonprofit organization called Wrapping Presence recently spent the day helping area nursing home residents pick out gifts from new and donated items to wrap for Christmas and Hanukkah presents. This is a really special service, especially for those residents who cannot physically or mentally get to a store, pick out presents for their family and friends, and stand in line. The staff at the nursing home spent several weeks ahead of time figuring out what their residents may be interested in giving as gifts, and tried to coordinate the donations to meet their wishes. The donations of gifts and money towards gifts had been a year-long fundraising process, culminating with this event where the seniors were able to pick out their gifts. The event was arranged with the help of over 650 volunteers who work with 19 nursing homes in the Doylestown area.