Elder abuse has been defined as “…a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.”
It is elder abuse when there is an imbalance of power, when one person uses their power or influence to take advantage of, or to control, the older adult.
There are several kinds of elder abuse.
Our Province wide confidential Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL) is a safe place for older adults, and those who care about them to talk to a trained intake worker about abuse or mistreatment, receive information and support about issues that impact the health and well being of an older adult. SAIL intake workers are trained to provide a listening, non-judgmental and supportive ear and provide resources, referrals to our free internal programs and support.
SAIL – Seniors Abuse and Information Line
Call: 604-437-1940 or Toll Free: 1-866-437-1940 7 days a week (excluding holidays), 8am to 8pm. Language interpretation is available Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. TTY Teletype for the deaf who have access to TTY equipment: 604-428-3359 or toll free 1-855-306-1443.
To raise awareness of Elder Abuse, Seniors-in-Partnership is giving away free face masks to seniors in the Cranbrook Area.