ADULT GUARDIANSHIP: Elder Abuse, Neglect, Self-Neglect

ADULT GUARDIANSHIP: Elder Abuse, Neglect, Self-Neglect

The panel of experts presenting on abuse, neglect and self-neglect of older adults is Marcia Carr (CNS), Sarah Gebauer (ethicist) and Dr. Peter O’Connor (geriatrician). Although the specific laws and legislation presented here are for British Columbia, the general principles apply to all cases.


  • To assist staff in identifying and appropriately responding to abuse, neglect, self-neglect of older adults.
  • To assure that patients are informed and agreed to health care.
  • To assure that with incapable patients that the correct TSDM is identified.
  • To assure that patient wishes re: advanced care planning is communicated.

Content Overview

  • Adult Guardianship Legislation, includes health care consent, representation agreement, abuse, neglect, self-neglect and designated agency responsibilities
  • What to look for and what to do for abuse, neglect and self-neglect
  • What is capability to make own decisions about health care
  • Advanced directives, Representation Agreement


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