It’s incredibly common for older people, especially those with dementia or cognitive impairment, to believe that people are stealing from them. Often, it’s their carers who are in the firing line.
Why should this be? In many ways, it’s understandable. They are physically vulnerable and can’t easily control their environment, so they feel doubly insecure. On top of this, they may forget that they have entrusted valuables or cash to relatives, or that they have put their possessions in a safe place.
Is this something you should worry about if your loved one makes an accusation? Probably not, but you should investigate and be sure of your facts before challenging their carers. In the vast majority of cases, they will be completely honest.
What’s your experience of this? How did you manage claims of theft? We look forward to hearing from you.
SimplyHealth Care Community team