• Roy W Digital Manager

It can be hard to fathom that anyone would deliberately harm an elderly person however, elder abuse is more common than you might think.

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse takes on many forms and does not necessarily mean physically. Elder abuse is an action by someone in a relationship of trust that results in harm or distress to an older person. The lack of taking action by a person in a relationship of trust is also considered elder abuse.

Elder abuse has no borders and can happen anywhere including care home facilities, at home and in the general public.

Elder abuse comes in two main forms:

Active Abuse: is the failure of a caregiver or another in a position of power who intentionally takes action or purposely does not take action for the benefit of themselves.

Passive Abuse: is the failure of a caregiver or another to full-fill their caregiving responsibilities.

Whether active or passive both forms of abuse affect the daily lives of seniors in a negative way. There are no excuses for either, both have legal implications and neither is better or worse.

Some of the most recognized types of elder abuse include:

  • Financial

  • Sexual & Physical

  • Abandonment

  • Neglect

  • Self Neglect

Regardless of type, elder abuse can have devastating consequences, including serious physical injuries, emotional suffering, financial loss and even death. Often where there is abuse, there is more than one type of abuse happening.

Some potential signs

Financial abuse

Financial abuse limits an older person's resources, choices and options by using money or property without permission or in a fraudulent manner.

Some examples are:

  • A family member or significant other who repeatedly pressures an elderly person for money or borrows money, but never pays it back.

  • A family member who sells a parent's house or other property and then uses the money for their own benefit.

  • Adult children who use a parent's pension and then makes the parent ask them for money

  • Any person who misuses a power of attorney

  • A person who forces or tricks a senior into signing or changing documents such as wills or contracts.

Physical or Sexual Abuse

Physical abuse can include but not be limited to unnecessary touching that makes someone feel uncomfortable, unnecessary touching to someone who is not able to communicate what is making them feel uncomfortable, striking, hitting, pushing, shaking, burning, shoving, inappropriate physical or chemical restraints and harm created by over or under medicating.

Abandonment or Neglect

The inability or purposely neglecting to provide basic or personal care needs to an elderly person by a person who is in a position of trust.

Basic necessities include:

  • Food

  • Water

  • Required medications

  • Shelter

  • Hygiene

  • Clothing

  • Physical aids

  • Hearing aids

  • Eyeglasses

  • Dentures

  • Exercise

  • Stimulus

  • Adequate safety precautions

  • Withholding medical services or treatments

Self Neglect

While many might be able to spot neglect or abuse of their loved ones, it might not be so easy when it comes to self-neglect. Self-neglect can be hard to spot and when they do we can feel powerless. It is important to keep in mind that seniors who behave this way are sometimes not in complete control of their actions, especially if they are experiencing cognitive difficulties and decline. In fact, self-neglect is how "some" caregivers realize that something may be wrong with their loved one's cognitive health. Self-neglect happens when seniors do not complete their daily activities of daily living on their own or resist assistance to complete their daily needs.

Some signs of self-neglect are:

  • Unpaid bills

  • Not taking medications

  • Unkept appearance (dirty clothing)

  • Lack of hygiene or bathing

  • Not keeping medical appointments

  • Lack of social contact

  • Living in un-fit living conditions: cleanliness and safety in particular.

If you feel that your loved one is experiencing cognitive difficulties and decline, seeking outside help is highly advised. Seek help from a medical professional, community resources or consider a professional caregiver.

What should I do if I suspect elder abuse?

  1. Anytime you feel that someone is in immediate danger call 911.

  2. Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL), The Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL) is a safe, confidential place for older adults and those who care about them to talk to someone about situations where they feel they are being abused or mistreated or to receive information about elder abuse prevention. Call toll-free from Victoria or anywhere in BC 1-866-437-1940.

  3. If someone is abusing or neglecting you or someone you know, you can call VictimLink BC. VictimLink BC is a confidential telephone service available across B.C. 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Toll-free: 1-800-563-0808

  4. More resources can be found by visiting the Government of BC website.

Did you know that having respite care for your loved one can reduce overwhelming any family caregiver? Stress is a major contributor to passive or unintentional abuse. Having regular respite care allows you to take a break and be a better caregiver for your loved one. Respite care also can help your loved one live a longer and happier life. For more information feel free to contact Pacific Coast Health Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - 365 days a year to book a free in-home healthcare assessment. Call (250) 389-0202 or Email tjohnson@pchservices.ca.

This post was a collaborative effort with our friends at Lions Gate Home Care

  • Roy W Digital Manager

Updated: May 29

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  1. You must read and abide by all rules set forth.

  2. No Purchase Necessary

  3. Purchase does not enhance or improve your chances of winning.

  4. The contest is open to employees, contractors, clients and the general public who reside on Vancouver Island.

  5. The contest is available on Facebook

  6. A public share AND like combined is one entry. Both must be done to complete your entry.

  7. Shares must be a public share. Private shares, restricted shares, with limited visibility or shares via messenger do not count as a valid entry in whole or in part.

  8. One entry per person. Multiple entries will only count as a single entry.

  9. You must be a current resident of Vancouver Island.

  10. Entries must be done using a Facebook profile name that matches your exact first and last name as it is spelled on your current ID.

  11. Facebook profiles that have nicknames, aliases or variations in the spelling of their legal name as it is on their valid government ID, are disqualified.

  12. No entries can be done on someone else's behalf.

  13. The contest is at the sole responsibility and at the discretion of Pacific Coast Health Care Services and in no way part of Facebook or BCLC.

  14. Pacific Coast Health Services reserves the right to disqualify any such entrants that do not follow the rules set forth in this post.

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While summer doesn't officially start till June 20th, the May long weekend or shortly after, for many is the official kick-off of many summertime activities. That means hotter and sunnier days are on their way.

From gardening and casual strolls to shopping and running errands, getting outside can do wonders for seniors regardless of ailments or abilities. There is no substitute in the benefits that seniors can get from getting a moderate dose of sunshine. Getting outside for a few rays of the good stuff can freshen up your mind, provide an escape from stress and provide you with a mood boost. In addition, exposure to sunshine can help you get a better night's sleep and provide you with much-needed vitamin D.

However, too much outdoor time or not taking the proper precautions protecting yourself from the sun can lead to dehydration, sunburn, sunstroke and other health-related issues.

Here are 7 sun safety tips for seniors:

  1. Seek advice from your healthcare team. Discuss the balance between enjoying the sunny outdoors and keeping safe. Implement a strategy and follow the strategy.

  2. Slip-on lightweight-breathable clothing and definitely consider long sleeves.

  3. Slop on some sunscreen.

  4. Slap on a hat

  5. Seek shade

  6. Slide on sunglasses

In addition to these 6 sun safety tips, we would like to emphasize the importance of keeping water on hand to keep hydrated and to limit your sunshine based on the recommendations of your healthcare team.

Are you a senior who needs support services at home? Pacific Coast Health Services provides a wide range of support services for seniors in the Greater Victoria Area.

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