This is by no means a comprehensive listing of elder abuse prevention organizations in BC. Elder abuse prevention is a complex field with no quick fixes. It requires that we come together to ensure that we are all aware of the resources available to us.
The Council to Reduce Elder Abuse Organizations
The BC Association of Community Response Networks (BCCRN) works at the local community level with service providers, agencies, and committed community members. Together they build a coordinated community response to the abuse, neglect and self-neglect of vulnerable adults.
Located in Victoria BC, the BCAAFC is the umbrella association for 25 Friendship Centres throughout the Province of British Columbia. Friendship Centres provide a number of quality services to the Aboriginal communities located in an urban setting.
Established in 1977, BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) is the leading voice of non-government operators providing continuing care services in British Columbia. BCCPA’s membership includes over 350 organizations delivering long-term care, home health, assisted living, commercial and associate members as well as independent living through its operating arm EngAge BC.
BCCPA members support more than 16,000 seniors annually in the long-term care and assisted living setting, and over 11,000 each year through home health care services.
Health authorities make up the majority of the Designated Reporting Authorities under the Adult Guardianship Act. Medical staff and hospital-based social workers are often on the front-lines of abuse issues and the Ministry of Health is proactive in supporting a wide variety of elder abuse prevention, reporting and investigation programs.
The Ministry of Health provides information and a variety of downloadable materials in English, French, Traditional Chinese or Punjabi.
The Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) represents more than 60 domestic and foreign banks and advocates for public policies that contribute to a sound, thriving banking system.
The CBA promotes financial literacy to help Canadians make informed financial decisions. It administers two financial literacy seminar programs including Your Money Seniors– a set of three, free, one-hour, non-commercial seminars for Canadian seniors.
Seminars are presented by local bankers who volunteer their time and expertise to deliver the seminar to seniors’ groups.
The Canadian Bar Association BC Branch (CBABC) is actively involved in the development of policy and law reform as well as lobbying on matters identified by members.
Central 1 Credit Union provides financial products, payment processing solutions and direct banking services on behalf of the credit unions we represent.
The Council of Senior Citizens’ Organization (COSCO) is an umbrella organization made up of many seniors’ organizations and individual associate members. COSCO now represents approximately 80,000 seniors in British Columbia.
Designated Agencies: Health Authorities/Community Living
Under the Adult Guardianship Act, Health Authorities and Community Living BC (CLBC) are required to investigate situations of suspected abuse, neglect or self-neglect.
ReAct is the VCH Elder Abuse program which provides education, resources and a response program to ensure frontline care providers are aware of and understand their obligations to:
- Recognize: Identify situations involving abuse, neglect and self-neglect of vulnerable adults
- Report: suspected cases of abuse, neglect and self-neglect to a Designated Responder
- Act: Investigate and respond to reported cases
Find reporting contact information for all Health Authorities/CLBC
Download a print copy of VCH Designated Response Coordinators List
Abuse and Neglect Links:
Family Caregivers of British Columbia is a registered non-profit charity dedicated 100% to supporting family and friend caregivers. They offer the BC Caregiver Support Line, support groups, webinars and other online resources to support and educate caregivers, as well as working with the health system to identify, support and include caregivers as partners in care.
British Columbia receives police services from:
Several other agencies and integrated teams provide supplemental or dedicated policing. They include the transit police for the Metro Vancouver area, an enhanced police force at the Vancouver International Airport, two federal railway police forces and integrated teams throughout the province.
PICS provides a broad spectrum of programs and services which includes Employment Programs, Settlement Services, Language Services, Social Programs and Housing Services. Services assist new immigrants, seniors, farm workers, women and youth.
PICS offers Assisted and Independent Seniors’ Housing, Better at Home, and Translation services that can be accessed by vulnerable seniors.