5 Types of Elder Abuse & 4 Things We can do About It

5 Types of Elder Abuse & 4 Things We can do About It

Before you pick up the phone keep reading.

uCarenet is happy to announce its support for the Elder Abuse Association, a non-profit organization that advocates, provides supports, and educates on the issue, by bringing it into the light. Both organizations are highly committed to protecting the safety and security of frail seniors, by delivering best practices in assessment, intervention, awareness, training and education.

We share a common vision, based on personal journeys of caregiving for our parents, that expanded into a social mission to provide services to protect senior security and safety. uCarenet’s- Marketplace to Access Trusted Care at Home (MATCH) – is committed to having care providers undergo a full vetting process, displaying their badge of trust, when being hired by the community to deliver services in residence.

When we think abuse, we often forget to include seniors as potential victims. Senior frailty is associated with cognitive and physical decline, often compounded with communication problems. Abuse can take place in many different care environments. How do we protect frail and vulnerable seniors?

What are the common types of abuse.

Five Subtypes of mistreatment.
  1. Psychological Abuse
  2. Physical Abuse
  3. Sexual Abuse
  4. Financial Abuse
  5. Neglect

What can we do about it?

  1. First part is awareness that there is a problem and how to identify it- awareness and training
  2. Taking an assessment of the issue – tools to help guide you
  3. Interventive actions – measures to take and support resources to access, assisting you in protecting the safety and security of a senior.
  4. Accessing supports for the senior -useful resources and telephone numbers to access help. Elder Abuse has a 24/7 hotline. Call if you are a senior and believe you are being abused, or if you are a care provider and have identified abuse, and require help to report and secure the safety of the senior.

Before you pick up the telephone, peruse the Reference Guides to help you navigate the issue. My favorite if you are looking for a quick reference is the infographic half way down the web page. Entitled

Elder-Abuse-Screening-Intervention-and-Response-Guide-for-Health-Care-Providers-Feb-18

http://www.elderabuseontario.com/training-education/training/intervention-tools/

As care providers, family and friends of seniors it is important to understand the types of elder abuse. The assessment process, to determine if a vulnerable senior is being abused, and the steps towards intervention, to provide protection for the elder. The reference guide provides community, provincial, and government agencies telephone numbers to support and assist you.

How prevalent is Elder Abuse?

Here’s what the Statistics say:

The aggregate prevalence for elder abuse in Canada for the last year was 7.5% (physical, sexual, psychological and financial abuse) representing 695,248 older Canadians. Reported 2015.

  • The aggregate prevalence for mistreatment for the last year was 8.2% (physical, sexual, psychological, financial abuse and neglect) representing 766,247 older Canadians.
  • The prevalence of psychological abuse was 2.7% representing 251,157 Canadians;
  • The prevalence of physical abuse was 2.2% representing 207,889 Canadians;
  • The prevalence of sexual abuse was 1.6% representing 146,649 Canadians;
  • The prevalence of financial abuse was 2.6% representing 244,176 older Canadians;
  • The prevalence of neglect was 1.2% affecting 116,256 Canadians;

https://youtu.be/pPq3NBswzRM

Research White Paper “Into the Light”, where the prevalence numbers are taken from, this is a comprehensive Canadian study for anyone wanting to read the full report, that the short video refers to.

http://www.elderabuseontario.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Into-The-Light.pdf

uCarenet is committed to prevention through training and education, and will run a social media awareness campaign leading up to Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th, 2017. Support the cause by starting the conversation, post, share, download training guides, and help us increase awareness, champion prevention, and raise our voices against Elder Abuse.

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