Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Purpose and Scope

The purpose of the guideline is to expand the awareness of abuse and neglect of older adults and provide evidence-based recommendations for preventing and addressing abuse and neglect in all health-care settings across the continuum of care in Canada.

The scope of this guideline includes harms caused by the main forms of abuse and neglect. These are physical abuse, emotional/psychological abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse/exploitation and neglect.

The guideline provides best practice recommendations in three main areas: practice, education, and policy/ organization/system. Practice recommendations are directed primarily to nurses and other health-care providers in the interprofessional team who provide direct care for older adults and their families in community and institutional settings.

Older Adults
Preventing and Addressing Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults: Person-Centred, Collaborative, System-Wide Approaches
Background Information