Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Addressing Abuse of Older Adults- An RNAO Initiative


Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, this initiative is focused on preventing and addressing abuse and of older adults throughout various health care institutions and community settings in Canada. The foundation of the initiative is an evidence-based best practice guideline, Preventing and Addressing Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults: Person-Centred, Collaborative, System-Wide Approaches. A variety of resources have been developed to support implementation of best practices at different levels: practice (nurses and other health-care providers), education (for educators and learners) and policy/organization/system (health-care organizations, advocacy groups).

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 collaborative project launched the Prevention of Elder Abuse Centres of Excellence (PEACE) in 2010 in 10 long-term care homes across the country.

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

Other implementation resources coming soon

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
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.