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Police and Senior Care Professionals Team up to Prevent Fraud

Posted 12/17/2014

When: Wednesday, December 17th 

Where: Grace Lutheran Foundation Corporate Office
3410 Sky Park Blvd, Eau Claire, WI.

Building Administrators
Eau Claire Police Officer Kyle Roder

Eau Claire - The holiday season is a time of year to come together in the spirit of giving. But it’s also the time of year when seniors can be the targets of scams.

That’s why Grace Lutheran Foundation is teaming up with the Eau Claire Police Department to hold a special seminar for facility directors and corporate team members to recognize the kinds of scams that are often directed at seniors.

“We take very seriously our responsibility as care partners to be on the lookout for these kinds of scams that target our residents. Our facility directors and their staff get to know our residents on a personal basis, and that puts them in the perfect position to recognize when something might not be right,” said Grace Lutheran Foundation C.E.O. Mike Christensen.

It is estimated by the U.S. Subcommittee on Health and Long Term Care that even though seniors only represent 12% of the population, they represent 30% of the scam victims. Experts also say that just one in one hundred cases of senior fraud is reported. Seniors may not know where to go to report the crime or are embarrassed so they hide the crimes.

“Partnering with our local police department is a great way to get the latest information on typical scams and how to protect our residents, which is always our number one concern,” Christensen said.

Grace Lutheran Foundation has been helping our friends and neighbors in communities all over the Chippewa Valley since 1960. The non-profit organization specializes in rehabilitation, assisted living, skilled nursing, child care, independent living and adult day services.