Programs that provide a safe, secure shelter environment for older adults who meet age requirements and are experiencing physical, psychological/emotional, financial or sexual abuse. Services generally include short-term housing, crisis intervention, support, advocacy, referrals and the necessities of daily living. Elder abuse shelters usually accept both men and women.
Programs that attempt to reduce the incidence of financial, emotional, physical and sexual abuse or intimidation of elderly people and dependent adults by members of their families or other caregivers through a variety of educational interventions which are aimed at the likely victims of abuse, potential perpetrators, people who work with families and/or the community at large.
Programs that provide assistance for dependent adults who are unable to act on their own behalf or manage their own affairs, or who are in immediate danger due to physical or emotional abuse, unsafe or hazardous living conditions, exploitation, neglect, self-neglect or abandonment. In Ontario, APS services are provided exclusively for adults with developmental disabilities.
Programs that provide advice, guidance and/or emotional support for older adults who are experiencing or at risk for physical, emotional or financial abuse. Hotline staff are generally available via telephone, email, chat and/or text.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.