Theft in a Lino Lakes Assisted Living
When an elderly individual moves into a nursing home, into an assisted living facility, or they opt for some kind of care at home, they expect that they will be treated fairly. This means no violations of their assisted living and nursing home rights, such as the right to their property and their money and be free from theft and exploitation. They want to feel safe and this means having confidence that their personal interests are safe.
Theft of over $4300 from Resident
A Lino Lakes Assisted Living Inc. employee was fired for theft – it was found he had stolen over $4,300 from two clients, according to a complaint filed with the Minnesota Office of Health Facility Complaints in late August.
In March, the employee asked for a $200 loan from a client. In an effort to help the employee, the client provided him the loan by giving him her credit card number. She did this with the belief that he would pay her back in two days, as he had promised he would do.
Instead of borrowing the $200, he charged over $1,900 to Comcast and $1,536 to Sprint Wireless to her credit card.
In April, he asked another client for a loan. She provided him with her debt card. He then took the card and withdrew $900 from her account.
The employee said that the clients were aware of the amounts he was withdrawing and that he had told them he intended on repaying them. After an investigation, the state determined the employee’s offense was theft by “financial exploitation.”
Unfortunately, this is a case of a worker betraying the trust that a patient has in them. It is not uncommon for an elderly individual to care for their caregivers. However, most assisted living facilities, home health care companies, and nursing homes have policies forbidding employees to seek any kind of favor from the patients.