Know­ing the signs

Se­niors learn about dif­fer­ent types of el­der abuse

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Sy­bil Ab­bott said she learned a lot of things about el­der abuse dur­ing a ses­sion on it held at the Sil­ver­wood Manor in Kippens, where she re­sides.

She said she didn’t know about cer­tain types of abuse, es­pe­cially as it re­lates to things like ne­glect and emo­tional abuse, with things like “the silent treat­ment.”

Ab­bott, who is from Port au Port West, said she’s com­fort­able at Sil­ver­wood and that she hasn’t seen any abuse in her two years there.

With none of her fam­ily liv­ing in the area, she feels she’s in the best place she could be, and all the staff are good to her.

Ab­bott said her fam­ily mem­bers are all over the place, and when they visit the area they drop by to see her.

Ber­nice Benoit, man­ager of Sil­ver­wood, ad­dressed the se­niors with a fo­cus on el­der abuse. The event usu­ally takes place on June 15, but they did it on Wed­nes­day due to other things tak­ing place on Fri­day.

Benoit en­cour­aged the res­i­dents to never be scared to ask for help, as staff mem­bers are al­ways there to pro­vide as­sis­tance, and she let the se­niors know some of the signs re­lat­ing to abuse.

“You guys (and gals) are al­ways Num­ber 1 here,” she said.

Benoit en­cour­aged the res­i­dents to say no to putting their sig­na­ture to any type of doc­u­ment with­out hav­ing a lawyer on hand.

Fol­low­ing the ad­dress, res­i­dents par­tic­i­pated in a fun ac­tiv­ity and en­joyed some re­fresh­ments.

Each of the res­i­dents was pro­vided with a Se­niorsNL doc­u­ment that listed con­tact in­for­ma­tion and a re­fer­ral line, toll-free, at 1-800-563-5599.

FRANK GALE/THE WEST­ERN STAR

Pearl Hinks, left, looks on as Ber­nice Benoit, man­ager of Sil­ver­wood Manor in Kippens, ad­dresses res­i­dents of the se­niors’ com­plex on el­der abuse.

Sy­bil Ab­bott

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