Ending elder abuse and exploitation
Safeguarding autonomy and civil rights
As a society, we will be defined by our response to prevention and intervention in matters of mistreatment and exploitation of older persons.
In its mission to prevent and resolve cases of elder abuse The Elder Law Clinic is guided by the following values:
- promotion of measures of protection which are the least restrictive of autonomy and civil rights, regardless of level of capacity of the older victim
- development and implementation of practical, human and multidisciplinary solutions to cases of elder mistreatment where the abuser/exploiter is a member of one’s family
- the promotion of client-centered participation in the resolution and prevention of elder abuse and exploitation, repair and restoration of family relationships and financial losses, where and whenever possible, and empowerment and continuous support of the victim
- promotion of community collaboration and support networks which put an end to isolation and ensure follow-up of victims of abuse and exploitation
- promotion of preventative measures through public education, professional training and building community support circles in each individual case
The legal problems of older adults are never uni-dimensional. Working with other professionals in the field, community resources and support networks, we address the multifaceted issues and problems the older person faces in a holistic manner, using a case-management approach. We deal with the psychosocial, legal and medicolegal issues facing the older person.
We put in place measures of protection which promote and safeguard autonomy of the individual, regardless of level of capacity and which are the least restrictive of civil rights.
We seek solutions with our clients which are efficient and human and consistent with the values and wishes of our clients. We employ participatory justice and restorative justice approaches in the resolution of problems and concerns. These include, but are not limited to, information, accompaniment, facilitation, (creative forms of) mediation, conciliation, and, finally, representation before the courts, as a last recourse or response.
We see clients where they are, whether in their homes, care facilities, hospitals or rehabilitation centres throughout the province.
We represent the marginalized, the vulnerable and those with impaired capacity regardless of socioeconomic status in order to assure their access to justice and the respectful defense of their legal rights.