Review the signs and communications strategies Signs Of Dementia And Communication Strategies document.
You and your staff should be sensitive to the impacts of ageism – see our page Ageism and an Age Friendly Legal Services and Workplace.
Consider sitting down with your staff and having them complete and discuss the ROPE tool.
When assisting older adults who may be abused, neglected or are self-neglecting, it is important to be able to identify and respond to indicators of abuse and neglect. See the Seniors First BC guide for service providers:
Click here for a copy of this guide in pdf: Elder-Abuse-Assessment-and-Intervention-Reference-Guide-edited
When older adults may be abused or neglected and are unable to seek help themselves, review the Decision Tree and accompanying videos developed by the Public Guardian and Trustee:
PGT’s DECISION TREE
For adults who may be vulnerable or incapable, see the two-page “Decision Tree: Assisting an Adult Who is Abused, Neglected or Self Neglecting” prepared by the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC.
The Decision Tree outlines which agencies to contact to make the most effective referrals.
The Decision Tree is accompanied by a series of five videos that together set the legislative context including:
- the guiding principles of providing the least intrusive, most effective forms of support;
- illustrate how to use the decision tree; and
- provide scenarios showing when it may be appropriate to contact the police, a designated agency or the PGT.
To access the Decision Tree and video package, click here.
Seniors First BC Training – If you would like the staff of Seniors First BC to provide your firm on training to better accommodate older adults as clients, contact our Executive Director, Martha Jane Lewis, at firstname.lastname@example.org