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Webinar – Elder Abuse and Seniors Mental Health: Implementation of Best Practices

December 1, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Did you know there are no guidelines for specialized geriatric psychiatry outreach teams to use when intervening with community dwelling older people at risk of or experiencing elder abuse? Many resources exist to guide screening and intervention with older people at risk of or experiencing elder abuse, and while they often suggest referring to specialized services, none provide guidance for what specialized services should do to help.

The clients referred to our Seniors Mental Health Outreach program are at higher risk of elder abuse (NICE, 2015); in response a working group was created to enable members to reflect on our current practices and develop resources to ensure we are identifying abuse and providing the best interventions and outcomes possible. This working group has adapted existing tools into a resource guide which maximizes the specialized knowledge and abilities of Seniors Mental Health Outreach teams.

During this webinar, participants will:

  • Be introduced to a wide variety of tools suitable for screening and identifying elder abuse during triage, initial assessment, and ongoing involvement of specialized geriatric psychiatry outreach teams
  • Be introduced to a case study where a decision algorithm and elder abuse tools will be applied to illustrate how specialized geriatric psychiatry outreach teams can use their specialized knowledge and skills when working with older people experiencing elder abuse.

We will also discuss implementation and some of the challenges in making these changes over the past two years.

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Roxanne Lamothe, Sheri Williams-Miller, Tricia Dominik, Vicky Willis and Kim Schryburt-Brown are from Providence Care’s Seniors Mental Health Behavioural Support Services.