What is Coordinated Community Response Plan?
Alberta’s population is aging. By the year 2036, it is projected that there will be over one million seniors (those being 65+). Nearly one third of those seniors were born outside of Canada. Recent studies indicate that between 4–8% of older adults in Canada are likely to experience abuse in some form. Elder Abuse often goes unreported due to the complexity that comes with family/living dynamics.
As part of a larger provincial strategy to address Elder Abuse, St. Aidan’s Society has received provincial funding to be the lead agency in a Coordinated Community Response Plan to Elder Abuse. Given the complex nature of Elder Abuse, it is recognized that no one agency is equipped to deal with these cases, and for this reason this initiative is a coordination of supports and services that will increase the capacity to manage Elder Abuse cases within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Aspects of the coordinated community response plan include prevention, intervention and follow up. Having this in place will create a safer more secure environment for seniors in our region.
Who is involved in the creation of the Coordinated Community Response Plan?
There are approximately 20 organizations with some level of involvement in the coordination of services to build the response plan to Elder Abuse. We are currently in the preliminary stages of the process and it is the intent to have this protocol in place by March of 2017.
Organizations currently involved:
- Advisory Committee on Aging (ACOA)
- Alberta Health Services
- Municipal Council Representative
- Community Mental Health/SRC-Emergency Services
- Conklin Senior Enhancement Worker
- Family Violence & Bullying
- Golden Years Society
- Immigrant Settlement Services
- Janvier Dene Wood Buffalo Community Association
- Keyano College-Nursing
- McMan Services
- Nistawoyou Friendship Centre
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
- Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB)
- Rural Community/ACOA
- Some Other Solutions
- Service Credit Union
- Victim Services
- Waypoints/Family Crisis Society
- Wood Buffalo Housing & Development Corporation
Would you like more information?
For more information please contact Pam Burns at 780-743-4370 ext. 2.