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Saturday, 15 June 2019 09:00

Let's Work to Prevent Elder Abuse!

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Saturday June 15, 2019. “Access to Justice: Legal, Social and Economic Services for Older Victims of Sexual, Physical and Financial Crimes” is the theme for 2019. BARP is concerned about the extensive amount of reports of elder abuse being made as our population ages.

This is a national issue which affects the health and human rights of older persons. About 1 in 6 people experience some form of abuse which can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or in the form of neglect.

Warnings Signs and Examples of Elder Abuse

  • Physical Abuse Warning Signs and Examples
    • Unexplained signs of injury such as bruises, welts or scars.
    • Signs of being restrained such as, rope marks on wrists.
    • Broken bones, sprains or dislocations.
    • Broken eyeglasses or frames.
    • A caregiver’s refusal to allow you to see the elder alone.
    • Examples: hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, shaking, slapping, kicking, pinching, force-feeding, inappropriate use of drugs.
  • Emotional Abuse Warning Signs and Examples
    • Threatening, belittling or controlling caregiver behavior
    • Behaviour from the elder that mimics dementia, such as rocking, sucking or mumbling to themselves.
    • The infliction of anguish, pain or distress through verbal or non-verbal acts.
    • Examples: verbal assaults, insults, threats, intimidation, humiliation, harassment, force social isolation.
  • Financial Abuse Warning Signs
    • Significant withdrawals of money from the elder’s accounts.
    • Unusual financial activity such as an ATM withdrawal when the account holder is bedridden.
    • Suspicious changes in wills, power of attorney, titles and policies.
    • Items or cash missing from the senior’s home.
  • Psychological Abuse Warning Signs and Examples
    • Lack of eye contact with caregiver.
    • Withdrawal.
    • Reluctance to speak openly.
    • Huddled or nervous around caregiver.
    • Fearfulness.
    • Ambivalence towards caregiver.
    • Examples: verbal intimidation- being forced into making decisions against your will, humiliation and harassment such as being called names or experiencing behaviours that are degrading in a public or private place, being treated like a child, threats of physical harm, threats of institutionalism.
  • Sexual Abuse Warning Signs and Examples
    • Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an elderly person.
    • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding.
    • Torn, stained or bloody under-garments.
    • Bruises around breasts or genitals.
    • Examples: unwanted touching, ALL types of sexual assault or battery, forcing an individual to watch sexual acts, showing an elderly person pornography, forcing the elder to undress.
  • Signs of Neglect
    • Desertion of the elder person at a public place.
    • Withholding food and water.
    • Unsafe living conditions.
    • Untreated physical problems such as bed sores.
    • Unsanitary living conditions – soiled bedding and clothes.
    • Unusual weight loss and dehydration.
    • Refusal or failure to fulfil any part of a person’s obligations or duties to an older person.
    • Refusal to fulfil older person’s essential needs.

 

Caregiving can be stressful!

Caregivers of the elderly should take precautions to prevent unintended elder abuse that may occur due to the stress the inevitably accompanies caregiving. Be sure to rest, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Practise stress-relieving techniques such as yoga, meditation or deep-breathing exercises. Ask relatives or friends for help- take regular breaks from the stress of caring for elder persons to attend to your own needs, even if it’s only for a few hours. Family caregivers are often at risk for depression- talk to a therapist. Let’s not forget to take care of ourselves first.

Report any suspicions of elder abuse you may have to your nearest Police Station or to the National Assistance Board at 535-3131 or 535-1826.

Resources:

www.helpguide.org

www.eapu.org

www.who.int

www.un.org

 

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Group Health FAQs March 2020

  • Why can't I pay in advance at SurePay in March? +

    SurePay does not have any information as it relates to BARP Members for May 2020 payments (not allowed to pay for May or any other future months) SurePay is currently only accepting payments on outstanding balances until March 31st; therefore, anyone who is currently receiving an error at SurePay means their account is up to date.
  • When can I pay premiums or pay in advance? +

    Please be advised , Effective April 1, payments will be accepted with respect to the renewal and members will be able to pay in advance if they wish after April 1, 2020. Also, persons who wish to pay in advance now can pay Gallagher either through the drop down menu on RBC or as a Third Party payment on all other banks.
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    SurePay unfortunately at this time does not extend its online payment option to BARP Members.
  • Will a grace period be implemented for those members who cannot leave their homes (COVID-19 Measures/Fears) or have no means of making online payments? +

    In light of the current situation the country faces with COVID-19 and the anticipated restrictions that will be imposed as matters develop, note that we spoke to insurers who are fully aware and have communicated their willingness to work with us the broker and the members of BARP during this ordeal. Insurers understand the situation is a fluid one which may therefore require the panel to revisit their position and/or decisions as the situation evolves/progress. At this stage, both insurers and the Gallagher team are encouraging that members consider using the online payment option, through Gallagher Payee option on RBC Royal Bank or Gallagher online Third Party transfers for all other banks to facilitate payment of premiums where it may be difficult to utilize any of the other payment options available, or, where certain restrictions imposed by the authorities will pose a challenge.

    Notwithstanding, do note if the online option is not possible in your case, that insurers are happy to extend the payment deadline to May 31st, pending further updates from the authorities. At that point, should developments pose a further problem or restrictions remain in place, a further extension will be contemplated and communicated. Kindly note that members will be held covered during this time.

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