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HVD 2018 CONFERENCE BY SECTION

ROLE AND LIMITS OF USERS’ COMMITTEES IN RESPONDING TO SITUATIONS OF MISTREATMENT IN LONG TERM CARE

Workshop 1

DESCRIPTIONS OF THE WEBCAST

WORKSHOP LEADERS
Marie-Ève Bédard, Ph.D. in gerontology
Researcher at the Centre collégial d’expertise en gérontologie du Cégep de Drummondville (Cegep Drummondville’s College Centre of Expertise in Gerontology)
Academic Research Advisor at the Cégep de Drummondville (Cegep Drummondville)
Active practicing member at the University of Sherbrooke’s Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults
Benoit Racette, Trainer, Conseil pour la protection des malades (CPM)
Communicator and advocate for the right to health of minorities and disabled persons
OBJECTIVES

This workshop will remove the veil of secrecy over situations of abuse of older adults or vulnerable persons that are brought to the attention of the user committees, several members of which also sit on the residents’ committee; as well as the way in which these committees respond to situations of mistreatment; their role and their limitations. Through research results and experience-sharing in the area of advocacy on behalf of users, we will highlight the contribution of user committees in the fight against abuse of seniors and vulnerable persons in Quebec’s health and social service facilities.

MORE SPECIFICALLY, THIS WORKSHOP WILL PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS WITH A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF:
  • the nature and causes of abuse situations brought to the attention of the user committees, the majority of which occur in long-term care facilities.
  • the characteristics of abused and abusive individuals and the power dynamics between them
  • the actions implemented by the committees to deal with, prevent or rectify these situations of abuse
  • the impact of the committee, the needs and expectations that are taken into account or met addressed by the facility
  • the factors that support or curtail the user committees’ efforts to deal with situations of abuse and their autonomy
  • the sources of authority to which the committees have access within the facilities, the level of engagement needed to respond to situations of abuse and bring about change (terms of reference, legislation and rights related to users, regarding health care and with respect to vulnerable individuals)
  • how to act on practical recommendations for helping the committee step up its advocacy efforts on behalf of users and, by doing so, improve prevention and eradication of abuse in the health and social service network.
  • what institutional, legal and community resources are offered in support of this advocacy effort
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

If you have any questions regarding a situation of elder mistreatment, you can contact the Elder Mistreatment Helpline (La ligne aide abus aînés) so that a staff member can fully assess your situation and needs, and provide the most appropriate assistance (bilingual service for Quebec residents only):

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