If you follow this blog, you know that elder abuse can happen in long-term care facilities. In some cases, exploitation occurs within the home. Abusers can be adult children, relatives, health care professionals and others close to the individual victim. If you deduce that elder abuse is occurring, it is crucial to speak up.
Westchester elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP will address the growing problem of elder abuse in an April 6 presentation to the New York Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. With millions of baby boomers coming of age, Mr. Enea emphasizes the importance of educating the public on how to identify, report and prevent elder abuse.
Several years ago, after I had concluded an elder law presentation, an attorney in attendance approached me and recounted a conversation he had with the Director of Social Services for the nursing home where his mother was admitted (he was also a member of the Board of Directors for said nursing home). The Director explained to him that because his mother (a widow) had $500,000 in non IRA/retirement savings, she needed to pay the nursing home privately ("spend down") until she had no more than $14,000 in savings. He was further advised that only then would his mother be eligible for Medicaid. The attorney also told me that his mother had already expended $150,000 of the $500,000 on her care at the nursing home.