What Is Elder Abuse?
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There are often several reasons:
Many older adults…
Follow these steps:
There are often several faulty reasons:
Yes! Doing something is always helpful:
Reporting is mandatory (legislated law) WHENEVER abuse or neglect is alleged, suspected or witnessed, and
In Long-term Care and Retirement Homes, ALL Regulated Health Professionals MUST report any alleged, suspected or witnessed abuse, even when the information is confidential. In some cases, reporting abuse, might be required as a condition of employment duties or a service contract
Note:…If the abused older adult resides in their own home or in any other setting, the law does not require anyone to report the abuse.
Although there is no mandatory reporting in the community, if there is any possibility of immediate danger the police should be notified. If you suspect elder abuse but the senior is not at risk of imminent harm, speak to that person about how they would like to be supported. It is necessary to remember to respect the rights of older persons who may choose to accept or reject help. If they are not ready to address the situation, offer your personal support until they are ready to take action.
If a senior is not mentally competent, the abuse should be reported to the police or the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee to further investigate.
Click here to find out who/where to report abuse.
It can be very difficult and emotional to start this conversation with your parent.
Try to talk to your mom when there is a time that you can be alone without interruptions. Make sure your mom know it is not her fault and she is not alone. Approach the situation with care and concern without using judgemental language or jumping to conclusions. Talk about what you have seen and heard. Listen carefully to what she says and let them know you are there to support them and to help. Reassure them that you will respect their confidence and ask them what they would like to do about the abuse.
It is hard to tell someone that you are being abused as this can raise painful memories and hurtful feelings.
You have the right to be treated with respect and dignity. By speaking with someone you trust to describe what is happening can help you explore options and decide how to resolve the problem. There are also agencies that can help talk about options and your legal rights.
Many useful tips can be found in “Starting that Conversation – Telling Someone“