NAPLES, Fla., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- When people take on the task of caring for an elderly parent, they probably never think about the legal nightmares that might arise. Legal trouble can be quite daunting and overwhelming, leaving the caregiver feeling alone, confused and frightened.
Here are some horror stories from the AgingCare.com message boards about the legal trouble that elderly people and their family caregivers have had to face.
Scams and fraud against the elderly
Elderly people are easy prey for scam artists. They tend to be too trusting, gullible, live alone and don't have someone watching over their finances.
Siblings stealing from parents
It's not only scam artists who prey on elderly people's vulnerability. It could be the elderly person's own child.
Changing a Power of Attorney when a parent isn't of "sound mind"
Families may not think about having an aging parent appoint a POA before the elder loses the ability to make decisions.
Parents turning in caregivers for abuse
Whether it is due to dementia or spite on the part of the elderly parent, caregivers may find themselves being charged with abuse.
Siblings suing the primary caregiver
When one sibling is caring for the parent full-time, siblings may suspect that the caregiver is stealing money, abusing the elder, etc.
Inheritances turn ugly
Some siblings may be more interested in getting their inheritance rather than using money to pay for nursing homes and quality care for the elder.
Gold diggers taking advantage of elderly
Opportunistic younger men and women who look at an elderly person and see dollar signs, starting a relationship with the elder to scam money from them.
AgingCare.com is a website and online forum for people caring for aging parents. As the Facebook for caregivers, AgingCare.com lets caregivers communicate with each other, find elder care providers in their local area, and get answers from elder care experts. For more information, visit www.AgingCare.com or call 239-594-3202.