Victoria Lifeline is a non-profit community service of the Victoria General Hospital Foundation that can get help when people can’t help themselves. Seniors who fall, feel ill, or experience any type of emergency, press a waterproof button, sending a signal to a 24 hour response centre. The response centre speaks to the senior through a two way communicator provided by Lifeline and will call a family member, a neighbor or EMS depending on the type of help the senior requests. The new AutoAlert pendant can now automatically place a call for help if a fall is detected and the person can’t push the button.
A & O: Support Services for Older Adults – Older Victim Services
Older Victim Services provides assistance and information to older victims of crime in Winnipeg. This service is provided in cooperation with the Winnipeg Police Service and includes: help during a police investigation, help preparing a Victim Impact Statement, help with insurance, home safety and replacing lost ID’s, information on financial compensation for personal injuries, emotional support and court accompaniment, crime prevention education.
A & O: Support Services for Older Adults – SafetyAid Crime & Falls Prevention
SafetyAid is a crime and falls prevention program that helps prevent break-ins and gives older adults a better sense of safety and security in their homes. The program offers: free home safety and falls prevention audits to individuals and couples who are 65+, free installations of safety devices and falls prevention items for eligible clients such as deadbolts, peepholes, swing bars, nonskid bathmats, flashlights, nightlights, ice-grip tips for cans, ice melt, first priority for victims of a break-in or home invasion.
This website focuses on preventing falls in older adults, who are most at risk of serious injury from a fall. Preventfalls.ca provides information to older adults, caregivers, parents, families and professionals on topics such as balance and exercise, medications, nutrition, vision and home safety. Preventfalls.ca has an interactive checklist to help older adults and their families identify personal falls risk factors and provide information to help reduce these risks. As well, it includes a list of exercise programs in Winnipeg that are available for helping prevent falls.
Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety (MIPS)
MIPS is a non-profit agency that works with health care organizations to promote patient safety for Manitobans as part of quality health care. For more information, including patient safety tips, contact:
www.safetoask.ca and www.mips.ca
Seniors Abuse Support Line
The Seniors Abuse Support Line is a 24 hour resource for information and counselling. The line is supported by trained counsellors who can discuss concerns and respond to questions about elder abuse. Calls are free and confidential.
A & O: Support Services for Older Adults – Elder Abuse Prevention Services
A & O: Support Services for Older Adults provides confidential consultation, assessment and counselling services to older adults who are experiencing emotional, physical, sexual, financial abuse or neglect. Information can be provided to family, friends or community members who may have concerns about an older adult. Help accessing crisis accommodations, legal service (including protection orders) can also be provided.
A & O: Support Services for Older Adults – Safe Suite Program
The Safe Suite Program provides temporary housing for men and women, 55+ who need a safe place to stay because of abuse or neglect and whose needs cannot be effectively met by existing abuse / crisis services. Abuse may be physical, emotional, sexual, financial or neglect.
Protection for Persons in Care Office (PPCO)
The Protection for Persons in Care Act is an extra safeguard built into Manitoba’s health care system. This law is to help protect adults from abuse and neglect while receiving care in personal care homes, hospitals or any other designated health facility. The act requires that a service provider (or other person) who has a reasonable basis to believe that a patient is, or is likely to be abused or neglected, shall promptly report the belief and the information to the PPCO.
Manitoba Network for the Prevention of Abuse of Older Adults (MNPAOA)
The MNPAOA is a partnership of Manitoba organizations. The network’s goals are to: act as a central point of contact for provincial efforts, support regional and community prevention initiatives; and raise public awareness of elder abuse throughout the province.
Crisis Accommodations and Supports Crisis Line for Persons with Disabilities
Adults with disabilities who have experienced abuse, or are at risk of abuse and whose needs cannot be appropriately or effectively met by the protocols of existing crisis lines, can be referred here.
Domestic Violence Crisis and Information Line
The Domestic Violence Crisis and Information Line provides information on how you can get help to protect yourself and anyone affected by abuse. The crisis line is toll free, province-wide, and available 24 hours, seven days a week for calls.
Toll Free: 1-877-977-0007