4 Tips for Addressing Elder Abuse

About 10 percent of older Canadians will suffer some form of elder abuse, such as physical violence, emotional, financial, psychological or systemic abuse at some point. Most occurrences happen at the hands of family members, caregivers, or another person they trust, and these incidents are likely to become more prevalent as our ageing population continues to grow.

  1. Learn how to prevent elder abuse.
    Educate yourself; observant and intervene if you have concerns or suspicions.
  2. Know what to look for.
    Older adults who are experiencing abuse or neglect may:

    • Shows signs of depression or anxiety, become withdrawn or seem fearful around certain people
    • Have unexplained physical injuries
    • Lack food, clothing or other necessities
    • Show changes in their hygiene or nutrition
    • Have unusual withdrawals from their bank account
  3. Use LifeCare Portal.
    • Improve accountability about what people do with your loved one
    • Share information across the circle of the care team
    • Know who has checked in at the location of your loved ones
  4. Report suspected elder abuse.
    • If the elder is in immediate, life-threatening danger, call 911
    • In non-life threatening situations, you can report elder abuse and seek support through the following resources:
      • Seniors Safety Line, Toll-Free: +1-866-299-1011 or simply call 211
      • Elder Abuse Ontario: www.elderabuseontario.com
      • Victim Support Line, Toll-Free: +1-888-579-2888

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