Seniors Protection Partnership

The Seniors Protection Partnership is a collaboration of the Edmonton Police Service, the City of Edmonton, Catholic Social Services, Covenant Health, and Sage (Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton). Our mission is to prevent and respond to elder abuse by working in partnership with the community, thereby enhancing the well being of older adults.

Elder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that jeopardizes the health or well-being of an older adult. This includes physical, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or medication abuse, as well as passive or active neglect.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse includes any kind of physical assault, such as slapping, pushing, kicking, punching, or injuring with an object or weapon. It also includes deliberate exposure to severe weather, inappropriate use of medication and unnecessary physical restraint.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse includes any forced sexual activity.

Psychological Abuse

Psychological abuse includes humiliation, isolation, intimidation, threats, and inappropriate control of activities. Removal of decision making power when the elderly person is still competent to make his/her own decision is also considered to be psychological abuse.

Financial Abuse

Financial Abuse includes the misuse of the elderly person’s funds or property through fraud, trickery or force.

Medication Abuse

This is the misuse of an older person’s medications and prescriptions on purpose or by accident. It may include withholding medication, over-medicating or not complying with prescriptions refills.

Neglect

Neglect is any lack of action required to meet the needs of an elderly person. It includes an inadequate provision of food, clothing, shelter, required medication or other kinds of health and personal care, as well as social companionship.

Passive Neglect is the unintentional failure to fulfill a caretaking obligation; infliction of distress without conscious or willful intent; etc.

Active Neglect is the intentional failure to fulfill caregiving obligations; infliction of physical or emotional stress or injury; abandonment; denial of food, medication, personal hygiene; etc.

Domestic Violence In the Workplace Project Team

Definition:

“Workplace violence is the threatened, attempted or actual conduct of a person(s) against a worker – singular or repetitive and unwelcome in nature, in the context of his or her employment – that causes or is likely to cause harm to the worker’s physical or psychological well-being or dignity. It includes any threatening behavior which gives the worker reasonable cause to believe that he or she are at risk”. AHS Community Sector WPV-Working Group Definition

Focus on Workplace Response to Family Violence

 ACTIVITIES ACTION
 1. Increased Representation on the Project Team Including, but not limited to, OH&S and HR representation from agencies and businesses
 2. Updating Resource/Research Package Including:

  • Workplace costs associated with family violence
  • Research articles reflecting the importance of, and barriers to, protocol training
  • A standardized collection of relevant reference materials
  • Protocol templates and tools
 3. FV in the Workplace Protocol
  • Support FV in the Workplace Protocol Development with member agencies of CIAFV and other social agencies
  • Maintain linkages and support to Health Sector
4. Community Collaboration
  • Working collaboratively with initiatives in the community related to Fv in the Workplace
  • CIAFV Community Advocates Project Team
5. Workplace ProtocolsLaunch of FV in the Workplace Protocol Implementation of FV in the Workplace Protocol Hosting a Lunch and LearnFocus Agencies: EAP/Occupational Health and Safety, CSS, YMCA, AHS, City of Edmonton, Businesses, Sheppelle FGI

  • Build relevant partnership/relationship
  • Link with ACWS and their workplace initiative
  • Develop training curriculum
  • Support standardized provincial process