Some elderly Californians may require full-time assistance in a nursing home. Relatives of these seniors may worry about the care their loved ones will receive in a home. Unfortunately, elder abuse is not unheard of in facilities that are supposed to take care of this population. June 15 was designated by the United Nations as International Elder Abuse Awareness Day in order to call attention to the many seniors who are victims of all types of abuse. A growing concern is the targeting of elders in financial scams.
Residents of California considering putting their elderly relatives in a home should become educated about how to protect them from these financial scams. One of the most common scams involves informing seniors that they have won a lottery or sweepstakes while another popular scam among con artists is telling elders that a family member needs money due to an emergency situation. The person then asks for a money transfer through a service like Western Union. Sometimes, the con artist creates a fake online persona as part of the con.