Financial Exploitation of the Elderly
This is frustrating for social workers. If we're lucky, we can get the banks to freeze accounts while it's figured out - which makes it harder for the senior to pay his bills, considering his monies aren't available to him either. And that doesn't even take into account that "while it's figured out" could be years, could mean the senior going through mental evaluations, possible guardianship, nursing home or assisted living placement - all at their own cost. If the suspected exploitation doesn't get them, the cost of proving that they are competent to make their own decisions will. And if a Court-appointed guardian is allowed to act however they want to, the senior is victimized repeatedly.
The elderly are easy targets - but it needs to be easier to help them from being victimized by the system all over again. Below is an excellent example of the system working against the seniors. I invite you to read all of the links provided in these stories. It'll curl your hair.
Public Guardian Retires in 2002, Editorial Says Time to Clean House
Public Guardian Opens Private Agency, Multiple Complaints of Exploitation.