July 21st, 2018

If This Is An Emergency Please Call 911


Why do we need elder abuse response guidelines?

  • Our aging population. Soon there will be more seniors than  there are children.  2012 marked the first year that the baby boomers reached  age 65.
  • Longer life expectancies.  Humans are now living longer and have more chronic health conditions.
  • Increasing numbers of vulnerable seniors. More seniors and seniors living longer with more health conditions = more seniors at risk for abuse/neglect.
  • Simcoe County has a higher proportion of seniors than the province as a whole.
  • Access to education and services specific to elder abuse (in Simcoe County) are very minimal, difficult to locate, and in some cases non-existent.

What are the potential benefits of using elder abuse response guidelines?

  • To help raise awareness about the issue of elder abuse, including what it is, and how to respond.
  • To provide an introductory model for responding to situations of suspected or confirmed abuse.
  • To build the capacity of individuals, groups and organizations  to recognize and respond to abuse.
  • To link users of these guidelines to current best practices and existing resources.

Who are these response guidelines for?  

Specific guidelines have been created for the following populations:

  • Neighbours/Friends/Families
  • Unregulated staff & volunteers
  • Regulated health professionals

What are the limitations of these response guidelines?