Elder abuse: to denounce it you need to recognize it

  • June 8, 2022
  • The elderly
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In Canada, an estimated one out 20 elderly people are mistreated. Here are a few ways to recognize elder abuse and speak out against it.

Recognizing abuse

Abuse occurs in relationships where there should be trust. Abuse occurs when an action or lack of an action (negligence) causes a person harm or distress. Abuse is also called mistreatment, maltreatment or exploitation.

Abuse may be intentional or not. There are seven types:

It often happens that an elderly person who is being abused does not say anything because they are ashamed, unaware of the recourse available to them, or incapacitated. Whatever the reason for silence, abuse can become a way of life for the victim.

Denouncing abuse

If you witness abuse…

… within the health and social services network or in a seniors’ residence:

… in any other circumstance:

If you are an elderly person who is a victim of abuse…

… in your living or care environment:

… by an individual, for example, a family member:

Taking it further

For more information on the subject , see Quebec.ca.

Haven’t heard back from the service quality and complaints commissioner after 45 days? Dissatisfied with the commissioner’s or the Curateur public’s response? Contact the Québec Ombudsman. Our services are confidential and free.