While vulnerable adults – many of them seniors - who experience abuse and neglect, receive excellent support and assistance from health care providers, there’s no system across BC - or even within individual organizations - to know the number of reports of abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults, or what happens with those reports. Not knowing means we don’t know the full scope of the issue.
VCH is leading a project to help put together a BC wide process to better track these instances. VCH staff are working with organizations designated by law to identify and follow up on reports of abuse, neglect, or self-neglect of vulnerable adults. By next month, they will inform the Office of the Seniors Advocate, an independent office of the BC Government, on how each of these organizations currently tracks information and will recommend improvements to address any gaps.
At the end of this project, we will all have a roadmap that will help give us a better idea of the magnitude of this important issue.
If you suspect elder abuse, here are three ways to report it:
- Tell a health care provider
- Call 1-877-REACT-99 (1-877-732-2899)
- Visit www.vchreact.ca