Event Date: Dec 01, 2022

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Did you know there are no guidelines for specialized geriatric psychiatry outreach teams to use when intervening with community dwelling older people at risk of or experiencing elder abuse?  Many resources exist to guide screening and intervention with older people at risk of or experiencing elder abuse, and while they often suggest referring to specialized services, none provide guidance for what specialized services should do to help.
The clients referred to our Seniors Mental Health Outreach program are at higher risk of elder abuse (NICE, 2015); in response a working group was created to enable members to reflect on our current practices and develop resources to ensure we are identifying abuse and providing the best interventions and outcomes possible. This working group has adapted existing tools into a resource guide which maximizes the specialized knowledge and abilities of Seniors Mental Health Outreach teams. 

During this webinar, participants will:
  • Be introduced to a wide variety of tools suitable for screening and identifying elder abuse during triage, initial assessment, and ongoing involvement of specialized geriatric psychiatry outreach teams
  • Be introduced to a case study where a decision algorithm and elder abuse tools will be applied to illustrate how specialized geriatric psychiatry outreach teams can use their specialized knowledge and skills when working with older people experiencing elder abuse.
We will also discuss implementation and some of the challenges in making these changes over the past two years.



Roxanne Lamothe, Sheri Williams-Miller, Tricia Dominik, Vicky Willis and Kim Schryburt-Brown are from Providence Care’s Seniors Mental Health Behavioural Support Services

Roxanne is the Registered Social Worker for Seniors Mental Health. Supporting five teams (two at Providence Care Hospital and three outreach teams), she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Seniors Mental Health program as an allied professional. Working with clients and caregiving teams alike, Roxanne supports and assists clients to remain at home in their community.
Sheri is a Registered Nurse Case Manager with the Hastings Prince Edward Seniors Mental Health Outreach Team.  She has been a registered nurse for over 30 years, having worked in multiple areas of practice including long term care, acute care, inpatient and outpatient hospital psychiatry, ACTT, crisis intervention, system navigation within rural Family Health Teams, and as the manager of Community Support Services as well as manager of Primary Care Services within a Community Health Centre.  Her passion has always been about helping people in ways that matter most to them, providing collaborative, comprehensive, whole-person care and not shying away from challenging situations.
Tricia is a Registered Nurse Case Manager with the Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Seniors Mental Health Outreach Team. She is a certified Gerontology Nurse with the Canadian Nurses Association and has 30 years of nursing experience, predominantly in the community. The past 14 years have been spent in her current position at Providence Care.  She has a love for seniors and a passion for advocating for older persons.
Vicky is the Lived Experience Network South East Ontario Facilitator, she was the care partner for her husband Jeff who was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia at age 47. Vicky cared for Jeff until his death in May, 2018. Vicky knows firsthand how difficult it can be to care for a person living with dementia and endeavours to help people share their experiences to help advocate for better care.

 is the Clinical Resource Project Consultant for Seniors Mental Health, collaborating with team members to bring their ideas for change into practice. She is an occupational therapist and has worked in Seniors Mental Health for the past 19 years.