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|STAUNTON – Sometimes the greatest gift you
can give an older loved one doesn't come with a
bow on top. It's your alert, caring eye for signs
of possible abuse.
Adult children who worry their parents may be
financially exploited by a relative, caregiver or
friend can often spot signs when the family gets
fraud is often committed by relatives of the
victim, relatives are also the ones most likely to
come to the rescue, suggests Jim Rothrock,
commissioner of the Dept. of Aging and
Anne See, a public benefits and elder law
paralegal at Blue Ridge Legal Services, says
her case load of late bears that out.
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|Typical financial exploitation cases
Financial exploitation of older adults can involve
theft in many forms: income, cash, accounts,
assets, or property, See says.
"I had a case with an elderly gentleman who was
being cared for by a relative who abandoned
him to a nursing home," said the paralegal. "The
relative continued to get his checks. It was the
man's son who found and brought his father
home, and asked us to try to get the money
A most common situation See encounters is the
misuse of an older person's money by someone
who's living with them.
"They have access," she explained. "They're on
the bank account. But they use it for themselves
rather than the family member."
One of her current cases involves a woman in
an assisted living facility whose daughter is
|"It's sad. The daughter's words to me were, 'My
mother never took care of me when I was little,
and I need to take care of my child, so I'm going
to use the money," See said.
She also finds many older people signing over
their homes to children who promise to care for
them, and then don't.
Some seniors come to her wanting to change
their power of attorney because they've
discovered it's being misused. The power of
attorney to make our medical or financial
decisions when we're no longer capable is a
powerful instrument. You must be fully
competent to give someone that power, and
fully competent to change it, See says.
|GACAAA extends its appreciation to Howard Hicks, Investigative Supervisor, and
Dan Thaw, Criminal Investigator, Office of the Attorney General, Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit, Elder Abuse and Neglect Section for their presentation.