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:
- Unregulated staff & volunteers
- Regulated health professionals
What are the limitations of these response guidelines?
- They do not address ethical issues in terms of methods of supporting seniors at risk. To educate yourself about these concepts please see the following resources