World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Each year on June 15, RECAA actively participates in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Intrinsically connected to the core of RECAA’s goal, we engage in an array of events, active protests, and public announcements to help raise awareness. Check out the links below to see what we have done in the past and what we are doing now!
RECAA's Role This Year
WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY KNIT-IN
June 15, 2023
In the lobby of Concordia University's EV Building
1515 Rue Ste-Catherine W.
ACTION NOT WORDS TO END ELDER MISTREATMENT IN OUR LONG TERM CARE FOR ELDERS.
A Manifesto for the Wellbeing of Elders
To those in political office in Quebec:
WE SEEK AN END TO THE AGEISM THAT HAS CAUSED THOUSANDS OF ELDERS TO DIE OF COVID DURING THE PANDEMIC AND WHICH LEFT MANY IN LONG TERM CARE SUFFERING MENTALLY, SOCIALLY, AND PHYSICALLY FROM THE EFFECTS OF THEIR ISOLATION
RECAA Says NO
- NO more words, no more talk, no more commissions
- NO short term-interim solutions
- NO to insufficient funding for Home Care and Long-Term Care facilities
RECAA Says YES
- YES to integrated person-centered caring at home and in Long-Term Care facilities
- YES to care for individual needs before institutional directives
- YES to increased oversight and Accountability of Long-Term Care facilities
- YES to respecting the diversity of language and culture in our Long-Term care facilities
AN ELECTION MANIFESTO FOR THE WELL BEING OF ELDERS
Actions to Establish a Philosophy of Caring
More integrated Person-Centred Home Care
A dramatic increase in funding for home care is required. This would decrease the need for funding of more costly long-term care facilities.
Person- Centred Long-Term Care in institutions: Create a community of Caring for all.
Health care workers, nurses, orderlies and food services workers must be paid comparable wages with those who work in a hospital.
A one-workplace policy must be in place. Full time jobs with benefits must be the norm, not the exception.
All personnel, staff and administrators, must be trained to work in the philosophy of person-centered caring.
Oversight and accountability: the number of inspectors and of inspections must increase.
A crisis protocol in all Long-Term Care facilities must be established and reviewed once a year.
Caring for Family Caregivers
Compensate families in the home or in Long-Term Care facilities for time taken off work.
Offer increased tax credits to offset spending.
Choices in care options that reduce confusing bureaucracy must be made.
Families must be trained and given the opportunity to participate in policy decisions regarding the environment of caring for elders.
The philosophy of ensuring quality of life must extend to quality of death whether one spends their final days in a LTC facility, a hospital, a nursing home or their own home.