As we mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today, this should be an opportunity for reflection and education.
It’s important to remember that mistreatment is not always physical; financial, emotional, and other forms of abuse against seniors unfortunately happens far too often. Some of the common signs that someone may be a victim of elder abuse include:
- A noticeable change in behaviour, fear or anxiety around a family member, friend or care provider
- Poor hygiene
- Unexplained physical injuries such as bruises, cuts or broken bones
- Financial transactions that are unusual or loss of money
- Malnourishment or weight loss
- Withdrawal from family members and friends
We must all come together to ensure that Canadian seniors are able to age with dignity, safety and respect. As we reflect on this topic in long term care, the members of the Canadian Association for Long Term Care have zero tolerance for abuse in any form and believe in spreading awareness of elder abuse and tackling it when it’s seen.
We encourage the federal government to develop legislation that addresses elder abuse in Canada.
CALTC continues to advocate for resources in our homes to strengthen the level for care and quality of life so that seniors can thrive in long-term care. This includes addressing HHR shortages and staff education, infrastructure investment and operational funding support to strengthen operational funding.
Through education and awareness, elder abuse can be prevented or quickly addressed. Everyone has the right to live safely and without fear. Let’s continue to work together to achieve this.