So we have the first two morals to the story…(1) hide all valuable tangible personal property, and paper that has value, (2) don’t allow a homecare worker any access to dresser drawers. If you feel you need to purchase a small strongbox for such valuables, do it. It’s a downright shame to have to live this way, but what else to do besides put a granny-cam in every room? Even then, who has the time to watch hours of videotape every day?
Such a crime (larceny from abode, forgery, identity theft) should not have shocked me. I’ve been a geriatric care manager for over a decade, and an elder law attorney for nearly four years-—I know this stuff happens. I read about all the time in professional journals and newsletters. As is not surprising, the malevolent deed takes on new meaning when it happens in your own house…to your own precious mother. If that were not disturbing enough, what followed with the police department left me speechless. I’ll tell you about that next month, along with measures you must take to minimize this fate from ever seeping into your loved-one’s life.