Sometimes a little planning ahead can help prevent elder abuse.
Tips for Planning
- Plan for your own future when you are well, healthy, and still independent.
- Investigate possible living arrangements and levels of home care support.
- Seek legal advice about what should happen in the event of mental or physical disability.
- Make property arrangements with good legal advice.
- Make a Will and review it regularly. Do not revise your Will without careful consideration or without speaking with someone you trust.
- Make a Power of Attorney and Personal Directive and review them regularly.
For more information on preventing abuse through planning, see Capacity and Consent.
Tips for Security
- Do not give up control of your property or assets until such time that you feel unable to manage them any longer.
- Keep your home secure and do not leave cash, jewelry, or prized possessions lying about.
- Make a list of valuables for insurance purposes.
- Make your home burglar-proof.
- Have your pension or other cheques deposited directly into your accounts.
- Stay active in the community as much as possible.
- Maintain regular links with people who may be able to help you in an emergency. This may be your bank, hairdresser, friends, neighbours, or members of a religious organization.
- Choose a regular pharmacist so that they can become familiar with your medication history and can advise you on side effects.
- Do not allow adult children to return home without carefully considering the situation.
- Do not be intimidated in seeking your rights because of your age.
- Do not place expectations on your children without their consent.