The next meeting of the NL Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse will be September 30, 2014. Click here for more details.
June 30 - From Health and Community Services, Government of NL
The Adult Protection Act has been proclaimed and comes into effect today, June 30, 2014. The new act protects vulnerable adults in Newfoundland and Labrador from abuse or neglect.
“Our government is committed to protecting the health and well-being of all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Adult Protection Act is modern legislation that will ensure protection of adults who may not understand the risks associated with abuse and neglect. As a government, we will continue to ensure the safety of those in neglectful or abusive situations, who represent some of our most vulnerable citizens.”
- The Honourable Paul Davis, Minister of Health and Community Services
The Adult Protection Act provides legislative authority to deliver services to any adult in Newfoundland and Labrador who may be in need of protective intervention. The act:
- Provides protection for every adult who is at risk of abuse and neglect and who does not understand or appreciate that risk;
- Defines an adult in need of protective intervention as an adult who lacks capacity and is either incapable of caring for himself or herself or is abused or neglected; or an adult who refuses, delays or is unable to make provision for adequate care and attention for himself or herself;
- Applies to every adult in Newfoundland and Labrador who meets the criteria of an adult in need of protective intervention, regardless of where they live;
- Allows the Regional Health Authorities to intervene more quickly in emergency situations to reduce the risk of leaving an individual in a dangerous circumstance;
- Makes provisions for mandatory, regular reviews of the situation and services provided to an adult declared to be in need of protective intervention; and
- Requires anyone who believes an adult may be in need of protective intervention to report that information to a social worker or police officer.
“Reporting abuse and neglect leads to help. The Adult Protection Act is part of our government’s ongoing commitment to improve legislation, policies and programs that support a safe and healthy life for every resident of the province. We will continue to ensure that the necessary services and supports are in place to protect vulnerable adults in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
- Minister Davis
The Adult Protection Act replaces the 41-year-old Neglected Adults Welfare Act and is a modernized legislative framework based on current best practices. The act is centred on the individual and is supportive, non-intrusive and community-based. To report a suspected case of adult abuse or neglect, call the provincial report line at 1-855-376-4957. For more information on the act, visit: www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/Adult_Protection_Act/APA_index.html
- The Department of Health and Community Services proclaimed a progressive new act today, which focuses on the protection and well-being of adults who may not understand the risk associated with abuse or neglect.
- The Adult Protection Act demonstrates the Provincial Government’s commitment to putting resources and supports in place to protect those who represent those most vulnerable sectors of our population.
- The new legislation aligns with the objectives of the Provincial Healthy Aging Policy Framework, the Long-Term Care and Community Support Services Strategy, as well as the Violence Prevention Initiative.
- Reports with respect to the Adult Protection Act, can be made to the provincial report line at 1-855-376-4957.
March 11, 2014 - For those who speak French...
Chaque semaine une équipe de journalistes de Toronto, Montréal, et de nombreuses autres villes du Canada réalisent des reportages. Une émission est également produite sur une base hebdomadaire sur des sujets d’actualité et qui touchent chacune de nos communautés francophones.Les reportages et émissions sur les abus subis par les aînés sont disponibles sur le site Internet du projet www.desainesetdesdroits.ca, en écoute ou en téléchargement, et diffusés par les radios communautaires participantes :
March 10, 2014
Seniors, Persons with Disabilities and Family Caregivers to benefit from a NEW program
Minister Susan Sullivan, Health and Community Services announced the details of the Paid Family Caregiving Home Support Option on Friday, March 7, 2014. See the official press release here.
- This program is for NEW clients to one of the Adult Home Support Programs or if the client has not received service for one year or more.
- The senior or person with a disability must be eligible for service under the Adults with Disability Home Support Program or the Seniors Home Support Program which includes a clinical and financial assessment.
- This assessment also ensures that a family caregiver can appropriately provide personal care/behavioural support for a family member for a maximum of 4 hours/day for a senior or 5 hours/day for an adult with a disability.
- Funding may also be provided for homemaking/meal preparation; and there are respite care considerations for caregivers who reside with a family member requiring 24-hour care/supervision.
- Care plans are on an individual basis.
- Approved clients will minimally receive an in-person visit quarterly for monitoring of care outcomes.
Definition of Family Member:
Parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and relatives residing in the same home. Spouses and common-law partners are not eligible.
Scope and Duration:
This option will provide up to 250 subsidies within the four Regional Health Authorities, over an 18-month period.
Contact the regional health authority (see below) beginning on Thursday, March 13, 2014.
The new Paid Family Caregiving Home Support Option will begin Monday, March 24.
St. John’s: (709) 752-4800
Rural Avalon: (709) 759-3354
Bonavista: (709) 468-1001
Clarenville: (709) 466-5700
Marystown: (709) 278-7900
Gander: (709) 651-6241
Corner Brook: (709) 634-5551 ext. 0
Stephenville: (709) 643-8700
St. Anthony: (709) 454-3054
Happy Valley-Goose Bay: (709) 897-3127
Labrador City: (709) 282-5064
If you or a senior is in immediate danger, dial 911, where the service is available or dial “O” for the operator and you will be connected to emergency response.
If you are calling a local RCMP detachment office, the following news release from the RCMP explains how your call will be handled.
The RCMP Operational Communications Centre is now using a
new phone system (February 2014)
The RCMP is improving its phone system to ensure emergency and high priority calls are answered first by the RCMP Operational Communications Centre (OCC).
This new phone system is now being used successfully in Deer Lake, Grand Falls-Windsor, Stephenville, Harbour Grace, Marystown, Gander, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
This new system is designed to improve efficiency in the way calls are taken and to ensure emergency and high-priority calls are answered first. It separates operational calls that will now go directly to the OCC from administrative calls that will go to the Detachment as outlined below.
When the public calls the local Detachment number an automated system will prompt the caller with 3 choices:
- Press 1 for emergencies. The call will automatically ring on a priority line in the OCC. These calls will be answered first and police officers will be dispatched.
- Press 2 to report an incident that requires police response but is not an emergency. These operational calls will be dispatched by the OCC on a priority basis.
- Press 3 for all general inquiries. These administrative calls will ring into the Detachment and be answered by a local Detachment employee. If the call is not answered, the caller will be presented with an option to leave a voice message and their calls will be dealt with.
*** If for some reason you are unable to select the appropriate number, your call will automatically default to the Emergency Line. ***
This service will be offered in both official languages. The RCMP will maintain the ability to override the system during any emergency operation.
The RCMP’s OCC telephone stats are approximately 316,000 calls per year. This system will help our operators quickly assess emergency and high-priority situations while administrative calls will be dealt with at the Detachment level.
Check back soon for updates.