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practicalguidetoelderabuse coverscreenshot"This Guide contains an overview of elder abuse and neglect law in Canada. Although this guide may be helpful to anyone interested in this area of law, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) (CCEL) produced this elder abuse legal resource to assist the following agencies to produce educational materials of relevance to their members:

  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Canadian Dental Hygienists Association
  • Canadian Nurses Association
  • Fédération des associations de juristes d’expression française
  • Fédération des locataires d’habitations à modique du Québec
  • Fondation du centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Vieille-Capitale

This tool has been designed to apply to abuse and neglect occurring anywhere in Canada.  Each province and territory has a unique set of laws that apply to elder abuse.  See Section D for a summary of the laws in the province or territory in which you work or volunteer.

The following material will: Introduce the concept of elder abuse; Provide a summary of key laws relevant to elder abuse and neglect; Identify obligations to respond to abuse, neglect and risk; Identify key agencies to contact if you are concerned that an older adult is being abused or neglected; Outline the relationship between mental capacity and the law in relation to elder abuse; Discuss the impact of professional confidentiality obligations and privacy law on the ability of professionals to disclose an older adult’s confidential information in order to follow up on concerns regarding abuse and neglect; and Provide a list of resources."

Source: Canadian Centre for Elder Law

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Tools by NICE"This material contains information and guidance  for practice. The information is not legal advice.  In many instances it will be your obligation to  ensure that an older adult gets legal advice as  soon as possible. All material provided is up to date as of August 31, 2010. Health care professionals and/or service providers should use this form to document concerns about abuse or neglect of an older adult. The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) has published user-friendly versions of the following tools:


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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren A Legal Guide"This book is the outcome of a legal issues project supported primarily by the Law Foundation of BC. We hope it will be used by grandparents, as well as by the social and legal service providers that support them. It is a joint venture between the University of Victoria School of Social Work and Parent Support Services Society of BC."




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