January 26, 2011
A Montana woman faces a charge of felony elder abuse for stealing money from an elderly nursing home resident.
The 82-year old victim suffers from Parkinson’s disease and dementia. The woman accused of this financial form of nursing home abuse was appointed as the man’s power of attorney, but given the man’s poor mental health he did not have the ability to consent.
The man was behind on payments to his nursing home, Park Place Health Care Center in Great Falls, Montana, and was interviewed by Adult Protective Services but was not aware there was a problem. The woman is accused of taking over $11,500 from the man’s bank accounts.
A caseworker who interviewed the woman said the woman used the money, which came from the elderly man’s Social Security benefits and pension, to care for her two children.
Financial abuse of nursing home residents is a common form of nursing home abuse. If you think you or a loved one is a victim of any form of nursing home abuse you are advised to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer immediately.