June 15th 2022 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day “Rights Don’t get old”

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The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) happens each year on June 15th. It was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 66/127, December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), who first established the commemoration in June 2006. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations. 

The Oxford County Elder Abuse and Neglect Committee (OCEAN), Woodstock Police, Oxford County Paramedics and community partners are using World Elder Abuse Awareness Day as a platform to bring awareness to Elder Abuse and to educate the public about the services and supports available to anyone affected by Elder abuse.

OCEAN Oxford County Elder Abuse and Neglect Committee – Contact: Beth Haas – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OCEAN is a multi-disciplinarian, county-wide partnership of community organizations and community groups who advocate for the concerns of the elderly through education and awareness.

WOODSTOCK POLICE SPECIAL VICTIM UNIT (SVU) ELDER ABUSE DETECIVE – Contact: Nikki VanLeeuwen - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Woodstock Police Service's Special Victims Unit (SVU) is responsible for investigations, community support, vulnerable registry and education in relation to elder abuse. 

 

OXFORD COUNTY PARAMEDIC SERVICES COMMUNITY PARAMEDIC PROGRAM-Contact-Ryan Orton - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oxford County Paramedic Services Community Paramedic Program works collaboratively with health system partners to find equitable, culturally safe, inclusive, and innovative ways to improve patient healthcare access and experience. Community Paramedics or “CPs” bring an expanded skill set to wherever the patient calls home, looking to focus supports for vulnerable patients including but not limited to patients who are isolated/bedbound/frail, those suffering from complex chronic disease, patients on wait lists/crisis lists, patients with caregivers experience burnout/requiring additional support as well as support for patients taking a palliative approach to their care.

CPs provide services such as:

  • COVID-19 Mobile Assessment and Swabbing
  • Mobile vaccinations including COVID-19 and Influenza
  • Point of care testing and mobile blood draws/labs
  • In-home symptom management
  • Monitoring of chronic disease
  • Post-discharge supports
  • CP@Home/CP@Clinic program

 

Advantages of the program include: a reduction in hospital admission and readmissions; a reduction in Emergency Department visits; an improved patient experience; and improved access to care to high intensity supports for patients living in the community, retirement homes and long-term care.

 

If you have experienced elder abuse, neglect or are in need of support please reach out.