Elder Abuse Prevention Program: Eastern Counties

Carefor Elder Abuse information website

What is Elder Abuse? 

Elder abuse is most often defined as any act that harms a senior or jeopardizes his or her health or well-being.  Elder Abuse can take the form of financial, emotional, physical or neglect.

Financial:

  • Theft of money or possessions
  • Cashing pension or other cheques without permission
  • Not allowing senior to decide how to spend their money
  • Forcing the senior to change their Will or Power of Attorney

Emotional:

  • Insults, threats, humiliation
  • Treating senior as a child, bullying and name calling
  • Threats to put senior away in an institution
  • Denying access to grandchildren, friends or community activities
  • Abandonment

Physical:

  • Pushing, shaking, hitting, rough handling
  • Inappropriate use of medications, over sedating or other improper use of prescribed drugs
  • Unusual patterns of injuries
  • Sexual assault or harassment

Neglect:

  • Not giving proper food, medical treatment, medication, clothing
  • Denial of social contacts inside or outside the home
  • Not providing aids for daily living, such as hearing aids, walkers, canes, wheelchairs
  • Lack of needed supervision

The Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinator provides confidential elder abuse services that include:

  • Intervention, support, consultation, and referral for seniors experiencing abuse
  • Short term crisis beds
  • Education session for seniors, service providers and the community at large

The Elder Abuse Crisis Line can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week at: 1-866-996-0991

For more information, call 613-932-3451/1-800-267-1741 or e-mail info@carefor.ca.

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