August 9, 2022
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What to do when your loved ones accuse the caregiver of theft.

As a family member whose loved one is dependent on caregivers or the elder care business that provides care, there is hardly anything more upsetting than learning that something has gone missing from the house. The last thing you want to think (or have happened) is that your elderly parent's caretaker is stealing from them. We hope you never find yourself in this position, but if you do, the following suggestions may assist.

To begin, establish whether the item(s) in issue is lost or have been misplaced. Before you do anything, visit your elderly parent's house and have a look around. Individuals suffering from dementia, in particular, may exhibit both forgetfulness and paranoia. They may conceal items in unusual locations to keep them secure and then forget where they placed them. Even those of us with perfect memories sometimes lose things, and seniors may be particularly prone to conceal valuables when new people enter the house. Retrace your loved one's movements and attempt to identify the last time your loved one saw the item and any pertinent information about the scenario.

When a caregiver commits theft

If the item is lost, contact the authorities. It is not your responsibility to attempt to interrogate a suspect. That is the responsibility of law enforcement. The more information you can provide the police with, the better. Inform them:

When the last time the goods were spotted

The objects' descriptions

The elements' approximate values

Individuals with access to the home are required to provide their names and contact information (and contact information for the agency, if one is involved)

Contact a home caregiver agency if you are dealing with one. Is the caregiver employed by a home health service or an independent contractor? A reputable home care service, such as EasyLiving, will be licensed and bonded against theft if it is determined that their caregiver is responsible. Depending on your state's licensing requirements, some kinds of agencies are obliged to maintain insurance and take further precautions to safeguard customers. For instance, they are usually required to conduct employment screenings and background checks.

EasyLiving does the necessary background checks but goes above and beyond with a more stringent recruiting procedure, in-home supervision visits, and continuing training. In the home, we utilize comprehensive care plans and care diaries to improve communication and awareness among all parties. These safeguards, along with our managerial supervision, assist to minimize the chance that issues will go undetected. These are just a few of the reasons why it is preferable to hire in-home caregivers via a reputable organization. While hiring someone independently is often less expensive per hour, you forfeit several critical safeguards (to say nothing of the hassles of being a boss). Short-term savings may be expensive in the long run.

If you hire a caregiver via a neighbor or Craigslist and the caregiver steals, your sole option is to fire the caregiver and pursue any legal remedies the police may have. Often, even when the police establish theft, it is very difficult to prosecute (though states are working on this), and much more difficult to recover the object or get compensation.

At times, your elderly parent may be enraged and want to dismiss the caregiver; at other times, elderly parents refuse to acknowledge that the caregiver has stolen (or believes the caregiver has stolen) and/or do not wish to fire the carer. An agency can assist you in resolving all of these problems and communicating with your parent. If an agency has rules in place to address such circumstances, it may simplify the process and relieve your family of some of the emotional weight and obligation. Additionally, an agency can quickly arrange for additional caregivers to meet your requirements (we work as a team at EasyLiving, to provide consistency when changes occur).

Future Protections/Preventative Measures

Can family members, friends, church members/clergy, and neighbors, among others, make it a point to visit at least once a week? When a caregiver steals, they often think that no one would notice or object.

Additionally, it is critical to attempt to establish healthy boundaries with caregivers and to conduct yourself professionally. This is why using an agency is a prudent strategy and why the agency's procedures and rules should be consistent. Occasionally, carers who establish a strong connection with clients feel justified in stealing or fail to perceive their actions as theft. Having enough training and supervision may assist in resolving such problems before their occurrence. Further information about elder exploitation concerns may be found in Aging Wisely's Caregiver Concerns handout.

Our goal at EasyLiving is to provide an atmosphere that empowers our team members to deliver the finest in-home care to the community. All in-home caregiver services employ people and may have difficulties at some time. At EasyLiving, we value openness and timely communication to ensure that you are constantly aware of what is happening and the measures we are doing to avoid future issues.

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