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Poster for #HASTalks seminar with Dr. Rachel Herron, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environment, Brandon University

#HASTalks: Safe places for aging and care? Exploring violence in care for older adults

Co-hosted with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging. Rachel Herron, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at Brandon University, and Tier II CRC in Rural and Remote Mental Health, will provide an overview of major policy responses to violence in home care and residential long-term care and critically reflect on how violence and violence prevention is constructed within policy documents.

Feb 28, 2022


#HASTalks is a seminar series curated by The Department of Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University.

This event is co-hosted with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging.

Safe places for aging and care? Exploring violence in care for older adults

Violence is pervasive within long-term care setting, affecting older adults, family carers and paid care workers. Violence can lead to physical and psychological harm, emotional exhaustion, and burnout for paid and unpaid carers. Being regarded as violent, aggressive, or difficult can have a direct impact on older adults’ sense of self, care relationships, and quality of care. Current research on violence and aging lacks systemic understanding of the environments and multi-level influences of violent interactions across long-term care settings. The Safe places for aging and care project involves a multi-jurisdictional comparative case study of violence in home care and long-term care settings in two Canadian provinces. As part of this study, we conducted a document analysis to examine provincial and regional strategies for preventing and addressing violence in home care and residential long-term care in Manitoba and Nova Scotia. In total, we analyzed 51 documents from both provinces (legal documents, provincial policy documents, regional policy documents and reports). This presentation will provide an overview of major policy responses to violence in home care and residential long-term care and critically reflect on how violence and violence prevention is constructed within policy documents. In addition, the presentations will share some preliminary findings from interviews with care workers to explore how policy and practice intersect. The presentation will conclude with recommendations for policy development and outline our plans for continuing research.

Date:  March 1, 2022
Time:  2:30 - 3:30 pm (ET)
Online Session:  Register for this event

ALL are welcome to attend this FREE virtual session!

Please note: This session may be recorded. Please be aware that any materials entered, exchanged, or viewed by participants during the session may be recorded.

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