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
Addressing Elder Abuse: A Toolkit for Developing a Coordinated Community Response to Elder Abuse provides details on the 5-stage process along with definitions, templates worksheets and handouts.
To get to the full toolkit and additional ongoing support, fill out the form below. An electronic version of the toolkit will be emailed to you within 2 business days.
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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
Connect with Alberta Seniors and Housing Community Initiative by email at [email protected].