If your loved one is in an aging care facility, you rely on the facility to provide top-of-the-line care. Most have heard horror stories about elder abuse in facilities. When you think about senior abuse, you may think of abuse as being physical or emotional. Financial abuse, however, is just as real as any other form of elder abuse.

As suggested by the National Institute on Aging, abuse can happen to anyone and may fall under the umbrella of financial abuse or healthcare fraud. The NIA splits abuse into several categories, but outside of emotional or physical abuse, there is financial abuse and healthcare fraud. If your loved one suffered a loss due to belongings, checks or any of his or her benefits, then you may want to dig into financial abuse. While financial abuse is widespread, it is difficult to detect.

While financial abuse may happen to anyone and anywhere, healthcare fraud is different. Doctors commit healthcare fraud. They may overcharge or charge twice for the same service. In addition, these doctors may falsify Medicare or Medicaid claims. It is crucial that loved ones and caretakers keep an eye on this type of medical fraud.

Watch over your loved one. Seniors have social needs the same way that any person does. When visiting your senior, ensure that he or she has a strong social network. Social connections play a role in mental, physical and emotional health.

This article explains the difference between physical abuse and financial abuse. It is for informational purposes only and not at all legal advice.