Elder Abuse & Available Resources

Elder Abuse is any action or inaction by a person in a trusting relationship that causes harm and distress to an older adult within the scope of emotional, financial, medication, physical, and sexual abuse or neglect. 

Elder abuse is more prevalent than many realize, and it is NOT your fault.  

*If you are in immediate physical danger, please call 911. If you are in emotional distress, please call Distress Centre Calgary at 403-266-4357. 

For more information on Elder Abuse resources in Calgary and Medicine Hat, take a look below.  

Unison Medicine Hat - Elder Abuse Case Management

As a long-time resident of Medicine Hat, Jeanette Devore facilitates the Elder Abuse Case Management Program.  She has advocated for older adults through her outreach roles with public service and community agencies.  

Jeanette works closely with older adults, families, care partners and service providers to: 

  • Offer assessment, support and case management to those at risk of or experiencing elder abuse.  
  • Provide education, advocacy and referral services. 
  • Navigate complex systems for the best possible outcomes.  
  • Increase knowledge, skills and competence to help end elder abuse.   
  • This program is about CARE — Case Management, Advocacy, Referral and Education.  Sometimes life can seem overwhelming. You may not know where to turn for the help you need.  Finding the right resources can make all the difference.   

Referrals are accepted from anyone interested in the well-being of older adults. 

For further information, contact Jeanette at jeanetted@veinercentre.com 

Unison Calgary - Elder Abuse Shelter

The Unison Elder Abuse Shelter is for individuals of any gender — aged 55 or older — who are actively escaping abuse, whether it be emotional, physical, financial, verbal, spiritual, sexual, or neglect.  

The Unison Elder Abuse Shelter offers individuals a safe place to stay while actively working with caseworkers to transition back into the community safely and sustainably.  

The Elder Abuse Resource Line is a 24/7 phone line where anyone can call for consultation on cases of elder abuse. Staff can support by providing relevant resources, so individuals are better equipped to advocate for themselves.  

You can contact both the Unison Shelter and the Elder Abuse Resource Line at 403-705-3250. Anyone can phone this number, whether you are a concerned family member, community member, victim of abuse or a related individual.  

*If you are in immediate physical danger, please call 911. If you are in emotional distress, please call Distress Centre Calgary at 403-266-4357.