Archive for May, 2012

Abuse Hurts at Any Age

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012 by Chloe Hamilton

































Posted on: May 17th, 2012 by Tracey Ostermann

“Age friendly cities are cities that are friendly for all ages”

Mayor Brenda Halloran invites you to

Thursday June 14, 2012
8:30 a.m. – noon
Luther Village Sunshine Centre
(141 Father David Bauer Dr., Waterloo)

Keynote Speaker – Dr. John Lewis, University of Waterloo School of Planning

Everyone is invited to this FREE forum, but please preregister as space is limited – Please RSVP to Sarah Bach at 519-747-8558 or





Nursing Homes Urged to Prioritize Abuse Prevention

Posted on: May 16th, 2012 by Chloe Hamilton

CBC Health News Article  Posted: May 16, 2012 1:12 PM ET

A task force is calling for Ontario’s long-term-care homes to make the prevention of abuse and neglect their top priority in the year ahead.

The provincial Long-Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety says that the people managing and working in these homes must ensure their organizations are committed to preventing abuse, both on paper and in practice.

In a new report issued Wednesday, the task force makes a series of recommendations for the province’s long-term-care homes.

They include setting up committees at long-term-care facilities to track and respond to issues relating to resident care and safety, as well as identifying indicators of abuse, neglect and quality of life.

The same report is urging the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to help design and deploy coaching teams to improve safety and quality of care in poor-performing homes in the province.

The ministry should also work with the long-term-care industry to resolve outstanding issues related to the services available to and placement of individuals with complex care needs, the report says.

Not every facility a problem

There were more than 3,000 cases of abuse reported in the province’s nursing homes last year, though Gail Donner, the task force’s chair, said that doesn’t mean that there are problems in every facility.

“There’s not abuse and neglect everywhere in every home, in every environment,” Donner said Wednesday.

“And there are probably some environments where it’s more than in other environments, and that’s why this report is so important.”

Much of the abuse reported is committed by residents, so the industry wants specialized homes created to handle elderly residents with behavioural problems.

In cases where staff are abusive, the industry wants to make it easier to fire those individuals.

The industry-led task force that put together the report also includes representation from seniors and academics.

It collected survey responses from more than 1,900 people who live, work or otherwise have interaction with long-term-care facilities in Ontario.

The full report can be viewed online on the task force’s website.

With a report from the CBC’s Mike Crawley

CBC News  Posted: May 16, 2012 1:12 PM ET  source:





Waterloo Region Committee on Elder Abuse AGM and Lunch and Learn

Posted on: May 14th, 2012 by Chloe Hamilton

My World, Your World… our World Free of Elder Abuse

Thursday June 21 2012
@ WW LHIN office, Kitchener
50 Sports world Crossing Road (East Building), suite 220 Kitchener
*     Retirement Homes Regulatory Licensing
*     Responsive Behavioral Support Services
*     Updates from Elder Abuse Response Team
*     Updates from Age Friendly Cities
*     WRCEA Web site

RSVP to: Linda Flemming @
Or 519-772-8787 ext 210 by June 15

To view a printable poster for this event, please click here.




World Elder Abuse Day–June 15th

Posted on: May 14th, 2012 by Chloe Hamilton

The Waterloo Region Committee on Elder Abuse acknowledges World Elder Abuse Day on June 15th.

Did you know??
• Canadian research indicates that between 4-10% of older adults experience one or more forms of abuse or  neglect from someone they can trust or rely on
• Abused or neglected older older adults have a 200% increased risk of early death. The stress of living in an abusive situation shortens older people’s lives by several years.

We will have our display and information at 3 locations in the region  to raise awareness of Elder Abuse.
9:30-3:30 at each of the following locations:
Conestoga Mall: Waterloo
Fairview Mall: Kitchener
David Durward Centre: Cambridge

Please drop by any of our three awareness locations to speak with members of the Waterloo Region Committee on Elder Abuse.

Abuse hurts at any age…………Together we can prevent abuse of older adults

To view a printable poster for the WRCEA World Elder Abuse Day, please click here.