I suspect my elderly neighbour is being abused and neglected by her son and daughter-in-law who live with her. What can I do?
Elder abuse can take many different forms, such as physical abuse, financial abuse, mental abuse, and neglect. Elder abuse is often a crime, such as assault, fraud, or withholding food or other necessities of life. If you suspect elder abuse, you can call the police or a social service agency. If you tell the police you want to stay anonymous, they will not tell your neighbour or the alleged abusers who called them.
For information on reporting elder abuse see: What are the rules about reporting elder abuse?
The Seniors Safety Line at 1-866-299-1011 provides contact and referral information for local agencies across the province that can assist in cases of elder abuse. Trained counsellors also provide safety planning and supportive counseling for older adults who are being abused or are at risk of abuse. Family members and service providers can also call for information about community services.