It is important to us that our seniors know where to go when things are not working. If you are reading this and you are a senior, it is well worth it to have some of these numbers on your speed dial. The numbers are 24 hours and toll free helplines. You do not have to feel alone or unable to get the help you need.
What to do if you think you are being abused?
Leave the situation if you are in immediate danger
Go to a safe place, such as with a neighbour, friend or relative. Go into a business or when calling a helpline ask to be taken to a shelter. If you are unable to leave your home, call 911 immediately.
Confide in someone you trust and tell them about what is happening: This could be a friend or family member, public health nurse, social worker, home care worker, someone at your place of worship, or a doctor.
Keep a record
Write down what is happening to you and keep a daily record. This will help you to document the abuse and help others assist you if you need it.
Take legal action
All forms of abuse are wrong. Some forms are illegal. You may want to think about a court protection order that would stop the abusive person from having contact with you. Your local police service or a police-based victim services unit can give you information.
Family Violence Info Line
Get information, advice and referrals in over 170 languages.
Calgary Elder Abuse Resource
Located in the Kerby Centre, make a report or get information.
Edmonton Seniors Abuse Help Line
Get support, referrals and crisis intervention.
Red Deer Helping Elder Abuse Reduction (H.E.A.R.) Resource Information Line
Strathcona County Elder Abuse Line
Get support, referrals and information.
Protection for Persons in Care Reporting Line
Report the abuse of an adult receiving care or support services from publicly funded service providers such as:
- seniors’ lodges
- nursing homes
- mental health facilities
- group homes
- addictions treatment centres
- other supportive living settings
The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
Report a serious concern about a guardian, co-decision maker, trustee or agent.
The Alberta Health Advocates
Access resolution to support to senior Albertans and their families.
Edmonton Seniors Protection Partnership
Make a report or get information.
Lethbridge Elder Abuse Response Network
Share complaints or concerns.
St. Albert Stop Abuse in Families (SAIF)
Get information, education and support.
Grande Prairie Seniors Outreach
Get information and resources.
Culled from Alberta.ca/get-help-elder-abuse.aspx