How do I report caregiver fraud?

Karyl68 asked...

I know of a person that is getting paid to care for her father at her home. For a short time the father was at her her home but no longer is. When it is time for the nurse to come by she has asked that they call her ahead of time to give her time to go get her father. I believe this is fraud. What can I do?

Expert Answer

Carolyn Rosenblatt, R.N. and Attorney is the author of author of The Boomer's Guide to Aging Parents. She has over 40 years of combined experience in her two professions. As a nurse, she has extensive experience with geriatrics, chronic illness, pain management, dementias, disability, family dynamics, and death and dying. As a trial attorney, she advocated for for the rights of injured individuals and neglected elders. She is also co-founder of

You raise the question of possible caregiver fraud. The answer to what you can do about it depends on who is paying for the care. If it is the state or county in which you live, you can contact the adult protective services, or its equivalent in your county and say that you wish to report what appears to be fraud. You need specific information to make any such report: when you last saw the caregiver living or being apart from the elder and what her father does when she is not with him. Dates and times are helpful.

A word of caution: you may not have all the facts about the arrangement. Getting paid for care does not always mean that the caregiver needs to live with the elder. Some programs allow a specific number of paid hours per week for a caregiver. On the other hand, your suspicions may be entirely correct. It is worth reporting your suspicions to the appropriate entity so that an investigation can begin.