We all can help address and prevent elder abuse. Making a difference requires working together as individuals, groups or government, and the most effective actions happen at the community level.
Together, through a coordinated community response (CCR), community and government organizations deliver supports and services and increase ability to respond to elder abuse at the local level.
Community organizations may include:
- seniors centres
- police and victim services
- health service providers
- family and community support services
- housing providers
- Indigenous organizations
- LGBTQ2S+-serving organizations
- cultural and immigrant-serving organizations
- and more
Elder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that jeopardizes the health or well-being of any older adult. Elder abuse can take several forms, including financial, emotional, physical, sexual, medication and neglect.
What you can do
Use the 5-step process to develop a community response to elder abuse in your community.
Step 1. Starting the process
Start by raising awareness about the issue of elder abuse and the benefits of starting a coordinated community response.
- begin the conversation
- acknowledge the issue of elder abuse
- engage and raise awareness with community partners
- acknowledge current and emerging issues impacting older adults
Step 2. Building the team
Engage individuals and organizations to become part of your coordinated community response.
- identify and gather key stakeholders
- compile a community services inventory
- establish a common vision/mission statement
- develop a set of guiding principles, for example, group norms
Step 3. Planning the CCR
Determine your community's strengths, gaps and priorities before developing the formal structure for your coordinated community response.
- identify strengths and gaps
- determine priorities
- establish a formal structure
- understand roles and responsibilities
Step 4. Implementing the CCR
Decide how you will introduce the coordinated community response plan to your community.
- implement the plan
- encourage strong team communication
- motivate your team
- focus on collaboration
- continue team building
Step 5. Evaluating the Process
Develop an evaluation process to help you understand how well the coordinated community response is achieving its goals and realizing its vision.
- build an evaluation framework
- maintain the momentum
- re-evaluate and enhance
Get the toolkit
The toolkit is online. Read: Addressing Elder Abuse: A Toolkit for Developing a Coordinated Community Response to Elder Abuse
The toolkit provides details on the 5-stage process along with definitions, templates worksheets and handouts.
Coordinated community response grant
Since 2014, the Alberta government has provided $3.6 million to 31 communities to support the development or enhancement of coordinated community responses to elder abuse. The final term of the grant ended on December 31, 2018.
- Taking Action Against Elder Abuse Coordinated Community Response Pamphlet
- 2017-18 Grant Recipient Summaries Background
- 2017-18 Grant Recipient Summaries
- 2015-16 Grant Recipient Summaries
- 2014-15 Grant Recipient Summaries
- New resource helps prevent elder abuse – June 14, 2019
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