High Risk Elder Abuse Review Team

Statement of purpose:

As a professional community membership, the High Risk Elder Abuse Review Team of Leeds & Grenville will respond to complex elder abuse cases by providing recommendations and work to develop a collaborative community response plan to help address the multi-faceted needs of older adults at risk for / or experiencing elder abuse.  Options suggested will focus on promoting the older adult’s right to self-determination.


Guiding Principles:

1. Confidentiality will be maintained and reinforced throughout the entire consultation process.  The proceedings will be governed by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Ontario, 2004) and the Personal Health Information Protection Act (Ontario, 2004) as they apply to the case, the presenter, or the Review Team Members.

2.  Anonymity will be a governing principle; name, address and identifiable personal details will not be disclosed at any time.

3.  The least intrusive or restrictive options will always be included.

4.  A proposed options will consider the ethnic and / or cultural background of the older adult.


Case Eligibility: 

Elder abuse cases involving older adults living in the Leeds & Grenville counties are eligible for consideration.  Cases will be accepted from community organizations and from individuals who have contacted the Elder Abuse Hotline, the Peer Support Hotline and  / or the Senior Safety Line resulting in community organization involvement.


Review Team:

The team is composed of selected professionals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.  Their purpose is to suggest options to service providers who are dealing with complex cases of elder abuse and to encourage intra-agency collaboration including agencies from differing sectors.  Cases will be brought to the team when;

  • all other avenues of resolution have been exhausted
  • appropriate options have not been identified
  • when an older adult’s safety is at risk

The focus will be on collaboration and cooperation across all sectors in order to more effectively address the complex needs presented.  Implementation is the responsibility of the service provider or the older adult and his / her family / support network.


Selection of Cases to Be Presented:

The following criteria will be used as a basis for determining cases to review:

a) Complex case – serious safety, health or financial concerns that may place the older adult at risk of (further) abuse.  No successful interventions to resolve the situation have been found to date.

b) Ethical dilemma – Implementation of an intervention that may conflict with the older adult’s right to self-determination.

c) Expertise needed – the specialized skill or knowledge of members of the review team is needed.

d) Refusal of service – the older person has refused all previous interventions offered and may remain at risk of further abuse, or the alleged abuser prohibits access to the older person.


Prioritization of Accepting Cases:

  • Older adults life is in danger
  • clear evidence of abuse; previously attempted interventions have failed
  • lack of support network
  • a significant health problem exists
  • unsafe environment exists
  • unable to reach older adult; abuse suspected
  • a long-standing case with no clear resolution
  • follow-up of previous cases, and new non-urgent cases


If you are interested in making a referral, please click here to fill out a referral form or email info@vslg.ca.

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