Elder Abuse hotline at 1-866-299-1011.
All abusive relationships share some or all of the warning signs. However, if you are senior/elder you are facing some unique aspects; such as your abuser may be your son/daughter, grandchild or caregiver and you may have lots of fears about reporting them, where will you live, financial issues and living in long term supportive homes. You may also have mixed your finances with your childern and don't know how to untangle it. It may also be a caregiver who is abusing you and you fear losing the hellp they provide. Whatever the situation, abuse is wrong and will not change without intervention.
We can help you find supports and resources in the community.
Examples of elder abuse
• over-medicating a person: prescribing medication that is not needed; administering too
• withholding medication: refusing to pay for a prescription; rationing or limiting the
dosage of medication
• invading privacy: opening someone else’s mail or emails; accessing personal information
• unlawful confinement: locking someone in a vehicle, room or building; using restraints
to keep someone in bed or in a chair!
• neglecting a person’s basic needs: not providing necessary care, such as food,
clothing, shelter and health care needs
• causing social isolation: refusing to allow visitors; refusing to allow someone to attend
religious or social gatherings
• preventing an older adult from practicing a faith: refusing to allow someone to
attend religious services; removing personal property associated with someone’s faith
• fraudulently gaining access to a person’s money: theft; stealing personal banking
information; coercing a person to open a joint bank account; receiving payment for repair
work that has not been done
•misusing funds: spending money that belongs to someone else; coercing someone to
make a financial decision; where there is a power of attorney, not spending money
according to the donor’s values and needs; selling property for financial gain
donations, saying it was a waste of her money.
• physical assault: hitting; slapping; pushing; using unnecessary force
•non-consensual sexual contact: forcing someone to participate in sexual activity or
making inappropriate sexual comments.
•threats of harm: saying or doing something that causes fear
•harassment: intimidating or threatening someone; bullying; degrading comments
For a complete Guide on Elderly Abuse and your Rights click here https://intervalhousehamilton.org/uploads/files/Practical_Guide_English_Rev_JULY_2011.pdf
For Community Resources including; Advocacy Centre for the elderly and the Public Guardian Office contact click here: https://intervalhousehamilton.org/uploads/files/Elderly%20Community%20Resource%20list.pdf
If you wish to speak with Front Line Shelter Counsellor please call
905-387-8881 (Crisis Line) or to make an appointment call 905-387-9959 or
at the Women Centre of Hamilton 905-522-0127
or if you live in Flamborough call us at 289-895-8580.