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How do I access this ministry?

To receive services, please call the Elder Abuse Intake Line at (780) 477-2929.

Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse Resource and Supports (EARS) ministry

EARS provides support, assessment and referral as well as information and presentations to elderly adults who are at risk of experiencing abuse or neglect. This team's main focus is supporting seniors who are experiencing low to medium level risk in their home situation and where police intervention is not required.

Am I eligible?

This ministry is available to people 65 years of age or older who are experiencing abuse from a caregiver or loved one.

Where is this Service Provided?

This ministry is available to people living in Edmonton, home visits are available.

How much will it cost me?

There is no fee for this service. Funding for this ministry is provided by the City of Edmonton’s Family and Community Support Services, and by the Sign of Hope (an annual fundraising campaign for the ministries offered by Catholic Social Services).

Who do I contact for more information?

Please call the Elder Abuse Intake Line at 780-477-2929 and ask for one of the Senior Resource Coordinators.

Testimonials

“The senior resource worker gave me lots of information: verbal, books, and addresses of seniors’ gatherings.”

“I found that just being able to talk to somebody who really cared and gave me all the support I needed very helpful.”

Seniors Abuse

Seniors Protection Partnership

The Seniors Protection Partnership (SPP) as part of a collaborative partnership, provides intervention, education, support, and referral services to older adults who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, abuse.

The Partnership is made up of Catholic Social Services, City of Edmonton, Covenant Health, Edmonton Police Service, and the Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton. This team's main priority is in dealing with cases where there is a high risk of physical/sexual harm to the client or abuse of a criminal nature.

Am I eligible?

This ministry is available to people 65 years of age or older who are experiencing abuse from a caregiver or loved one.

Where is this Service Provided?

This ministry is available for people living in Edmonton. Home visits are available.

How much will it cost me?

There is no fee for this service. Community partners contribute their own resources to staff the team. Funding for the team member from Catholic Social Services is provided by the Victim Services Program of the Alberta Solicitor General.

How do I access this ministry?

Call Edmonton Police Services 911 for all life-threatening situations and crimes in progress.

Call the Elder Abuse Intake Line, 780 477 2929 to receive services and complete an intake assessment with one of our Senior Resource Coordinators.

Who do I contact for more information?

Please call the Elder Abuse Intake Line at 780-477-2929 and ask for one of the Senior Resource Coordinators.

Testimonials

“Both the constable and the senior resource worker were kind, compassionate, and very helpful on the advice they gave me to establish boundaries for my daughter.”

“I was impressed how far the constable, nurse, and senior resource worker responded. It was good to know that someone cared for us old people.”

Senior Citizen Abuse

Additional Information

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that jeopardizes the health or well-being of an older adult. This includes physical, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual, or medication abuse, as well as passive or active neglect.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse includes any kind of physical assault such as slapping, pushing, kicking, punching, or injuring with an object or weapon. It also includes deliberate exposure to severe weather, inappropriate use of medication, and unnecessary physical restraint.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse includes any kind of forced sexual activity.

Psychological Abuse

Psychological abuse includes humiliation, isolation, threats, and inappropriate control of activities. Removal of decision-making power when the elderly person is still competent to make his/her own decision is also considered psychological abuse.

Financial Abuse

Financial abuse includes the misuse of the elderly person’s funds or property through fraud, trickery, or force.

Medication Abuse

This is the misuse of an older person’s medications and prescriptions on purpose or by accident. It may include withholding medication, over-medicating, or not complying with prescription refills.

Neglect

Neglect is any lack of action required to meet the needs of an elderly person. It includes inadequate provision of food, clothing, shelter, required medication, or other kinds of health and personal care, as well as social companionship.

Passive neglect is the unintentional failure to fulfill a caretaking obligation, infliction of distress without wilful or conscious intent, etc.

Active neglect is the intentional failure to fulfill caregiving obligations; infliction of physical or emotional stress or injury; abandonment; denial of food, medication, personal hygiene, etc.

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