Protecting elderly loved ones

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- Protecting an elderly loved one from being taken advantage of by a caregiver takes time and research says experts.

"I hear horror stories quite frequently from people who find someone on Craig's List," said Asheley Cooper, resource coordinator for Aging, Disability, and Transit Services in Reidsville.

"Taking their money, medications," she said.

This week, Mebane police arrested two caregivers for exploiting an 88-year-old man for $400,000.

Cooper says crimes like those can be avoided if family members know what to look out for such as care givers who come on too strong.

"They come in and start getting very buddy-buddy," she said.

Cooper says it's also important to hire a caregiver from a credited agency which does thorough screening.

The 250 employees at ADTS go through an intense five-day screening process.

"Be diligent," Cooper said. "Don't wait until a crisis occurs."

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