Addressing Abuse of Older Adults: An RNAO Initiative aims to prevent and address abuse and neglect of older adults throughout various health care institutions and community settings in Canada. The foundation of the initiative—funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program—is Canada's first evidence-based best practice guideline for health-care providers, Preventing and Addressing Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults: Person-Centred, Collaborative, System-Wide Approaches.
A Best Practice Success Kit (below) contains easy-to-use resources to support uptake of the guideline at practice, education and policy, organization and system levels.
Best Practice Success Kit
- 10 strategies to help you address abuse and neglect of older adults for nurses and other health-care providers
- Self-assessment tool for health-care organizations
- Five Measures You Can Take to Protect Yourself (From Abuse and Neglect—to be used where best practices occur)
- Learning videos and discussion guide for long-term care
- Political action toolkit for individuals and organizations advocating for change in the workplace/community
- Smart phone app with a condensed version of the guideline included in the RNAO app - coming soon
- Best Practice Guideline Pocket Guide
- A 8.5 x 10 poster, “Role Models are Vital”
- eLearning course - The eLearning course below includes four modules, various learning activities (e.g. resources and reflection activities) a knowledge check and supplementary resources.
- Module 1 Understanding Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults
- Module 2 Working with Older Adults and Their Families
- Module 3 Identifying and Responding to Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults
- Module 4 Addressing Challenges Involved in Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults
Background: The initiative builds on the success of a project entitled Promoting the Awareness of Elder Abuse in Long-Term Care, a RNAO and Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) collaborative, also funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. This effort launched Prevention of Elder Abuse Centres of Excellence (PEACE) in 2010 in 10 long-term care homes across the country.