Rural Elder Abuse Coalition
A coordinated community response document built to address elder abuse. Two community sessions held in the past two years, one being a signing of the document on June 15, 2018 at the Viking Alliance Church.
The Rural Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition is a made up of a team of organizations including Viking/Beaver FCSS, Lamont County FCSS, Tofield/Ryley/Beaver West FCSS, Vegreville FCSS, Flagstaff FCS, Two Hills FCSS, Alberta Health Services and Victim Services and therefore encompasses five rural areas being Lamont County, the Town of Vegreville, Beaver County, the County of Minburn, the County of Two Hills and Flagstaff County.
With Lamont County FCSS as our host, we applied for and were successful with our application to the Provincial Government’s Taking Action Against Elder Abuse Coordinated Community Response Grant Program in January 2016. Loretta Kroeker, the coalition coordinator, brought her extensive background in Social Work and her familiarity with all of the counties involved and of course our residents. Loretta spent much of her time speaking to seniors, elected officials, community members and many others to raise awareness around the topic of elder abuse, gather information and levels of understanding and identify gaps. The REAP coalition held information sessions in Viking and Mundare to promote the coalition work and gain new partners.
Our coalition funding has come to an end, but the group is committed to continuing to work on the important subject of Elder Abuse Prevention. The document attached below is the end result of our coalition efforts. It is a coordinated community response guide for participating communities to use to implement prevention practices within key organizations and promote education and awareness on the topic of elder abuse.
Anyone in need of more information on this program can reach out to the Viking/Beaver FCSS office at 780-336-4024.