Wesley Elder Care
ELDER ABUSE RESPONSE SERVICE
We believe that all older people deserve to be treated with respect, dignity and care.
Wesley Elder Care’s Abuse Response Service works alongside older people, their whanau, and their community to stop abuse, to provide immediate and ongoing safety, and protect older people.
To order an Elder abuse brochure or leaflet, or a restorative justice brochure, please email email@example.com
Anyone 65 years or older who is living here in the Greater Wellington region and who needs support to end being harmed can be referred.
What is elder abuse?
Elder abuse is a crime. Any act that causes harm to an older person is elder abuse. Elder abuse can be very subtle and may take the form of coercion, bullying, name-calling verbal, physical, and financial abuse.
Most abuse happens by someone the older person knows. Of the older people who suffer harm, many are in a dependent relationship they do not feel they can leave. The relationship could be with a family member or paid or unpaid caregiver.
Risk factors for elder abuse:
— Being dependent on others
— Families in conflict
— Stress in care relationships
— Mental illness
— Poor understanding of rights and responsibilities
— Elders caring for others at home