Safety Planning  for Older Adults: Role of a POA/SDM and the OPGT

Monday December 4th 2017
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST


When: November 4th 2017              11:30 am-12:30 pm EST



Where: This webinar will be held via GoToWebinar format.

Once the registration process is completed, an email will be sent to the participant with a link to sign-up for the GotoWebinar.

Registration Fee: $15.00

Registration is limited and fills quickly, so we encourage you to register early. All attendees will recieve a certificate of attendance.

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Contact :


Rochella Vassell
416-916-6728 x 225



Rochella Vassell, Regional Consultant Elder Abuse Ontario

May Lui, Provincial Coordinator           Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Homes

Graham Webb, Executive Director  Advocacy Centre for The Elderly

Christine Morano, Research & Policy Lawyer                                           Advocacy Centre for The Elderly

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Presentation Overview

As with other forms of family violence and domestic abuse, dealing with elder abuse can be very complex. Often older adults, living in an abusive relationship, whether with their partner or a family member, may not want to leave their home, remaining in an abusive environment.

 Healthcare workers and stakeholders working in the VAW/DV sector, are well situated to support older adults in these kinds of situations, however there are times when workers are unsure on how to support an older adult who has a Power of Attorney (POA) or a Substitute Decision Maker (SDM). Understanding the role of a POA/SDM and the role of the Office of the Public Guardian of Trustees (OPGT) can help workers understand the legislation and how to effectively support an older adult with a safety plan.

 Having access to the Safety Planning Toolkit (created by Elder Abuse Ontario in partnership with METRAC), will assist in creating a customized safety plan that meets older adults unique needs, and is important in ensuring personal safety and emotional well-being. 





Learning Objectives:


  • Understand the complexity of the intersection of Elder Abuse, Domestic Violence and Family Violence
  • Understand legislation as it pertains to the: SDA, HCCA, LTCHA, RHA 
  • Understand the Role of a POA/SDM
  • Understand the Role of the OPGT 
  • Be aware of Provincial resources that can assist in safety planning with older adults