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12/18

United States Department of HHS Issues Statement Regarding Financial Abuse of Seniors

Posted by: Jack Bernstein

The opportunity is viewed as important by none other than the people at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, which has recently issued a statement encouraging family members to check on the financial health of older loved ones to make sure that they are not being abused in this manner. Below are some ideas to keep in mind to as you enjoy your visits. Anyone who believes that a loved one is being mistreated in this manner needs to obtain the help of Las Vegas nursing home abuse lawyers as soon as possible.

The HHS Statement and Idea Examples

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a public statement that stated, “this holiday season, we encourage families to spend some time asking older family members some basic questions to ensure that their finances are in good hands and that if there are signs of abuse, that the right steps are taken to stop it.” Of course, simply blurting out this type of a question is most likely not the proper approach. Instead, there are ways to get into this topic without embarrassing the other person.

For instance, family members could talk about such topics as the stock market, investments in general or financial opportunities that could arise in the coming year. This will at least open the topic that relates to money and it could lead to some type of admission on the part of a loved one that something is wrong with his or her finances. Even if such an indirect admission is made, family members should not overreact to it. Instead, they should simply reassure their loved one that they will get to the bottom of the situation.

Of course, if any indication is given that something is wrong, family members should trust their instincts and dig into the problem to make sure that their relative is not being financially abused. This abuse could occur in several different ways and it could be difficult to uncover for those who have not handled these situations in the past.

If you suspect that a loved one is being mistreated in this manner by those who are supposed to care for this person, you need to seek the help of Las Vegas nursing home abuse lawyers who have been standing up for the rights of the elderly for many years. Contact Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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