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January 29, 2015
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Advocacy Highlights Update
A brief on the most important advocacy initiatives undertaken by CARP recently


The latest news on pension reform, the ORPP, mandatory RRIF withdrawals, fire safety, healthcare reform, end-of-life care, dementia, caregiving and electoral advocacy. Read more

Federal Report Explores Ways to Support Caregiving Employers in the Workforce
Employer Panel for Caregivers is the first step in what is the be a larger initiative


In Canada, 35% of the workforce currently provides some amount of informal caregiving and this percentage is anticipated to grow, according to the expert panelists at Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)’s Caregiver-Friendly Workplaces workshop that CARP attended last week. Read more





Orilia Couple Sentenced in Horrifying Elder Abuse Case
As details emerge in this grisly case, it becomes clear that the system missed several opportunities to protect Ms. Simonds


Diana and James Davy were found guilty in October 2014 on two counts of failing to provide the necessities of life for Diane’s mother – 76-year-old Viola Simonds...Read more

Radio Silence
The Middle-Aged Guide to Growing Up


Those who have been reading this blog will know I recently had minor throat surgery (minor now, but with major implications at the time). My recovery regimen included a week of not talking (total silence, actually) following the operation. Total silence is harder than you think. Read more

What's in a Nursery Rhyme?
Carol's Corner


Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row. Read more

Staying Connected
Carol In Your Corner


As time goes one, many of us find ourselves relying on devices which help us to see, hear and navigate the world... Read more

Get Relief Responsibly
Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used medicines - are you using it safely?


Many of us share the misconception that over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are generally safe to use, because they are easily accessible and widely available. Read more





Quebec town marks one year since fire at seniors’ home
CARP lays out the problem as well as the solution


In the aftermath of the tragedy, seniors’ advocate Susan Eng had expressed hope the staggering loss of life would translate into action across the country as there were immediate calls for stiffer rules and for sprinklers to be put in all buildings. “You would think that would be enough to spur political action in the first instance and action by nursing-home operators across the country,” says Eng, vice-president advocacy for CARP, a group that defends the interests of seniors. Read more

Susan's Nursing Home/Fire Safety Interview on Goldhawk Fights Back
Susan tells Dale about CARP's campaign to get politicians moving on this file


Susan Eng, Vice-President of Advocacy at CARP, has sent and open letter to political leaders in Canada telling them to act now to get sprinkler systems installed in every nursing home in the country. Read more

One Year After L’Isle Verte
Video: CARP's Montreal Chapter Chair talks Fire Safety on Global News


Commenting further on CARP’s call on all governments and ministers responsible for fire safety in nursing homes to action, urging them to enforce stricter safety rules that mandate and require all seniors’ facilities to be equipped with sprinkler systems. Read more

CARP Members Say Nursing Homes are No Safer Than They Were Before Tragic Fire
Press release of our latest poll findings


Canadians should be as outraged as CARP members that steps have not been taken to ensure that all nursing homes are fire safe. Read more





The CARP Poll Report
The Nursing Home Safety Poll Report


Close to one half of members agree nursing homes in Canada are no safer now than they were before the L’Isle Verte fire last year, one quarter know someone in care in a nursing home and one third disagree they would be safe in the event of a fire. There is virtual unanimous agreement that members would avoid a nursing home which did not have sprinklers retrofitted, and they see the lack of provincial legislation mandating this as being due to the high costs and the fact it is not a government priority. They think governments should either pay the cost of retrofitting homes that can’t afford it or close them down. Read more

Should there be a Duty to Report?
Everyone wants an end to elder abuse, so why is duty to report controversial? CARP deconstructs the arguments.


CARP has been calling for a comprehensive approach to end elder abuse – not only to find and punish perpetrators of elder abuse but also to prevent the abuse from occurring in the first place. Read more

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CARP Elder Abuse Poll
1. Elder abuse can be physical abuse, verbal and psychological abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse or neglect. Have you, or has anyone you know ever been a victim of elder abuse?

Yes, me

Yes, someone I know

No

PREFER NOT TO ANSWER

2. What form did this abuse take?

Financial abuse

Verbal or psychological abuse

Neglect

Physical abuse

Sexual abuse

OTHER

NO ONE I KNOW HAS BEEN ABUSED

3. CARP is calling for comprehensive action to end elder abuse. Which one of the solutions below do you think would be most effective in fighting elder abuse?

1-800 or 911-type emergency phone line/single point of contact

New criminal offense of elder abuse

More caregiver education/training/support

Enshrine ‘Duty to Report’ in law/establish clear guidelines for action

Specialized investigative teams for existing criminal offences

Support services for victims

More study needed

NO ACTION REQUIRED

OTHER/DON’T KNOW

4. CARP has worked to eradicate elder abuse, and, as a result, the federal government changed the criminal code in 2011 to allow for stiffer sentences for elder abuse as a result. What progress has been made since 2011?

More public awareness

Elder abuse more socially unacceptable

More media/official awareness

A few more cases have gone to court

Small action being taken by the government

Significant action being taken by the government

Little progress has been made

Enough progress has been made/awareness is high

OTHER/DON’T KNOW

5. Many of CARP’s recommendations for further action against elder abuse fall under provincial jurisdiction, including a duty to report, an elder abuse reporting hotline, victim services and investigation/prosecution support. How much progress is being made by the provinces on combating elder abuse?

A great deal, provinces are leading the effort

Some, provinces have begun to act

Not very much, minor actions only

Very little, provinces are not doing enough

NONE

DON’T KNOW

6. CARP recommends a ‘Duty to Report’ for professionals who interact with elderly and dependent adults, with clear guidelines for action, intervention and protection, along with adding professional capacity to investigate such reports. Do you agree or disagree a ‘Duty to Report’ is necessary for professionals who deal with elderly and dependent adults?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DON’T KNOW

7. Some say a “Duty to Report’ risks infantilizing seniors and limits professionals’ freedom of action, while others say it may be necessary to counter the power imbalance that often exists between a dependent adult and a caregiver. Which of these two positions do you support?

‘Duty to Report’ infantilizes seniors/limits freedom of action

‘Duty to Report’ necessary to counter possible power imbalance

NEITHER OF THESE

OTHER/DON’T KNOW

8. What is the best way to implement a ‘Duty to Report’ for professionals who deal with dependent adults?

Enshrine ‘Duty to Report’ in law

‘Duty to Report’ mandated by professionals associations/regulatory bodies

Encourage ‘Duty to Report’ as a social goal/not legislated/mandated

NO ‘DUTY TO REPORT’ NECESSARY

OTHER/DON’T KNOW

9. Which one safeguard would be most effective in protecting professionals who are subject to a ‘Duty to Report’?

Whistleblower-type protection for those who report

Better training of professionals to recognize elder abuse and handle family dynamics

Immunity from prosecution in cases of reporting error

Requirement and support to speak directly with person suspected of being abused

Anonymity in investigation/prosecution of reported acts

Government legal indemnity if accused countersues

NO SAFEGUARDS NECESSARY

OTHER/DON’T KNOW

10. Do you agree or disagree that a ‘Duty to Report’, by requiring professionals to get involved in complex family dynamics, risks negative repercussions for the professional involved?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DON’T KNOW

10a. Given the potential repercussions for the professionals who report elder abuse and the possibility of mistakenly interfering in family dynamics that the suspected abused person deems acceptable, how would you respond?

Leave things as they are

Better to risk interfering to protect someone from abuse

Broader public awareness makes it easier for well-intentioned intrusions

DON’T KNOW

OTHER

10b. A major element in elder abuse situations is the power imbalance - dependence on a caregiver, social isolation and lack of awareness of rights or options. What is the best measure to address this imbalance?

More house calls by doctors, EMS or public health

Greater public awareness

Awareness programs in schools

More social services to support and educate

Shelters

DON’T KNOW

OTHER

10c. Financial elder abuse is among the most prevalent forms of elder abuse. What is the best measure to counter financial elder abuse?

Greater public awareness

Require independent legal representation in any financial transaction

Require financial advisers or banks to deal directly with client when abuse suspected

Financial ombudsperson with expertise and authority to recoup funds

DON’T’ KNOW

OTHER

11. Investigating reported cases of elder abuse is an important aspect of ‘Duty to Report’. Do you agree or disagree police forces in Canada are currently equipped and able to investigate and prosecute acts of elder abuse that might be uncovered by a ‘Duty to Report’?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DON’T KNOW

12. Would you withhold your vote from a politician in your riding who did not explicitly support comprehensive anti-elder abuse legislation in the next election, regardless of the party you usually vote for?

Yes, would withhold my vote even if it were the party I usually vote for

I would not vote, rather than vote for a politician who did not support this

No, would not withhold my vote if it were the party I usually vote for

I DO NOT CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE

OTHER/DON’T KNOW

13. If a federal election were held tomorrow, which party’s candidate would you support?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

14. And which party do you EXPECT to win the next election?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

DON’T KNOW

15. Where do you live?

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

PEI

New Brunswick

Quebec

Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

Alberta

BC/Territories

16. What is your gender?

Male

Female

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