Our private investigators can assist your family in recognizing the signs and will then work to make sure your elderly loved ones are well cared for.  In the course of our elder abuse investigations, we perform thorough background investigations, conduct welfare checks and surveillance to make sure all is well with your loved ones.

The different types of elder abuse

Abuse of elders takes many different forms, some involving intimidation or threats against the elderly, some involving neglect, and others involving financial trickery.

Physical elder abuse

Physical elder abuse is non-accidental use of force against an elderly person that results in physical pain, injury, or impairment. Such abuse includes not only physical assaults such as hitting or shoving but the inappropriate use of drugs, restraints, or confinement.

Emotional elder abuse

In emotional or psychological abuse, people speak to or treat elderly persons in ways that cause emotional pain or distress, including:

  • Intimidation through yelling or threats
  • Humiliation and ridicule
  • Habitual blaming or scapegoating
  • Ignoring the elderly person
  • Isolating an elder from friends or activities
  • Terrorizing or menacing the elderly person

 

Elder neglect or abandonment by caregivers

Elder neglect—failure to fulfill a caretaking obligation—constitutes more than half of all reported cases of elder abuse. It can be intentional or unintentional, based on factors such as ignorance or denial that an elderly charge needs as much care as he or she does.

Financial exploitation

This involves unauthorized use of an elderly person’s funds or property, either by a caregiver or an outside scam artist.

An unscrupulous caregiver might:

  • Misuse an elder’s personal checks, credit cards, or accounts
  • Steal cash, income checks, or household goods
  • Forge the elder’s signature
  • Engage in identity theft

 

Typical rackets that target elders include:

  • Announcement of a “prize” that the elderly person has won but must pay money to claim
  • Phony charities
  • Investment fraud

 

Healthcare fraud and abuse

Carried out by unethical doctors, nurses, hospital personnel, and other professional care providers, examples of healthcare fraud and abuse regarding elders include:

  • Not providing healthcare, but charging for it
  • Overcharging or double-billing for medical care or services
  • Getting kickbacks for referrals to other providers or for prescribing certain drugs
  • Overmedicating or under-medicating
  • Recommending fraudulent remedies for illnesses or other medical conditions
  • Medicaid fraud

How We Can Help

Background Investigations

In conducting our background investigations, our experienced Private Investigators will initiate thorough Background Checks on any and all persons that come into regular contact with your elderly loved ones.  Most healthcare providers only go through a basic criminal history search.  We go well beyond, making it a priority to thoroughly search all available civil and criminal records in our background investigations.  Most importantly, these background investigations are done nationally and include all states that these individuals resided in.

In addition, our private investigators regularly conduct field investigations.  We contact and interview past employers and the elderly persons that were cared for by these individuals.  If needed we also contact the family of the elderly to obtain additional facts.

Welfare Checks

Our experienced Private Investigators conduct welfare checks.  We will go onsite, unannounced and announced, to check on your elderly loved ones.  We will make sure that they are doing well and are being cared for properly.

If there are any issues that we find, we will work promptly by contacting you immediately and discussing options.

Asset Investigations

Financial Inquiry / Documentation of Property

Our experienced Private Investigators and Certified Fraud Examiners can monitor, uncover and recover all financial crimes.  If Financial abuse of your elderly loved ones is suspected, we can initiate a asset investigation to uncover who gained financially from this fraud.

In addition, our private investigators will travel onsite and document all property in your loved ones home.  Once documented, we catalogue all the property in the event we need to identify any stolen property in the future.

Surveillance / Hidden Camera

Our experienced Private Investigators can initiate surveillance around your elderly loved ones and their caregivers.  With discreet surveillance we can ascertain if is there is any evidence of neglect or abuse.

In addition, we can discreetly place hidden cameras inside the home to determine what are the living conditions and if there are any signs of neglect or abuse.

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