Grace had lost track of how many times her son Charles asked her for money. It was always smaller amounts – $20 here, $50 there—but over time, it had added up to thousands. He would just get so angry when she said no, calling her names and yelling at her in front of the grandkids. All she wanted to do was help him, but it was never enough…
Sadly, Grace’s story is not uncommon. The biggest perpetrators of abuse against seniors are their adult children
Sage assists seniors who are in need of a safe place to go to escape an abusive situation. Sage’s Seniors Safe House provides temporary shelter, safety and support for adults over the age of 60.
“Abuse can take many forms regardless of the age of the abuser or the abused,” explains Karen McDonald, Director Community Relations, SAGE. “The abuse may be financial, emotional, physical or sexual. We also see cases of neglect or abuse of medication.”
Seniors can stay in the safe house for 60 days. During that time, the support staff will work with the seniors to help them deal with all the areas of their life that have been impacted by the abuse. “We are able to accomplish a lot in those first 60 days,” says Karen. “But abuse is a complicated issue, and we needed to find a way to continue to support these seniors after they left the safe house.”
Nearly $20,000 in funding from the EPCOR Community Essentials Council will fund the salary of a follow-up support worker for the seniors after they leave the care of the safe house.
“We saw cases where seniors were going back to their abusers after leaving the program — often because they had no other support systems in their lives,” says Karen. “The follow-up support worker means we can continue to connect the seniors with the resources they need to stay safe after leaving our shelter.”
Sage and the Safe House program extend our very sincere appreciation to the EPCOR Community Essentials for their support and their leadership in supporting seniors services!!
Did you know?
· Approximately 7% of seniors will experience abuse
· Between ¼ and 1/3 of Safe House residents are men
· The biggest perpetrators of violence against seniors were adult children (15 per 100,000 cases) or a current or former spouse (13 per 100,000)
· Seniors are the least likely demographic to suffer violent crime, but they are most at risk of suffering violence at the hand of a family member