Adult Abuse Reporting & Resources - VCH ReAct - Vancouver Coastal Health

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Frequent Questions

Q. If I report a suspicion of abuse or neglect to ReAct, will the suspected abuser find out who reported it?

A. Agencies designated to receive and investigate reports of abuse or neglect according to the Adult Guardianship Act (AGA) are required to keep the name of the person that made the report confidential. The only exceptions may be due to the records being subject to a subpoena or federal legislation that overrides AGA.

Q. If I report a suspicion of abuse or neglect to ReAct, will the suspected victim find out who reported it?

A. Agencies designated to receive and investigate reports of abuse or neglect according to the Adult Guardianship Act (AGA) are required to keep the name of the person that made the report confidential. The only exceptions may be due to the records being subject to a subpoena or legislation that overrides AGA.

Q. Does ReAct call the police to pick up or question the suspected abuser?

A. All programs and services in VCH, including ReAct, are required to report to the police crimes against vulnerable adults who meet the criteria of the Adult Guardianship Act. Police agencies and VCH work together to plan interventions and investigations, which may include interviewing or questioning the suspected abuser. Police agencies investigate crimes and refer to the Crown Prosecutor who will determine if charges will be pursued. It is the role of VCH to offer supports & assistance to the vulnerable adult as appropriate.

Q. If a frail, elderly person's caregiver is suspected of abuse or neglect, will the elderly person have to leave their home and then go into facility care or can another caregiver be appointed to care for them in their home?

A. Every effort will be made to respect an abused adult's wishes to live where they can reasonably and safely receive the level of care appropriate to their individual needs. Agencies designated to respond to reports under the AGA must be guided by the following principles and presumptions:

Q. If I am not a family member can I be appointed as caregiver to my elderly friend?

A. Adults who are capable may choose whomever they wish to be their caregiver. Generally it is recommended that adults who require assistance have an assessment for their needs by the local Home and Community Care Department of the health region. A health care professional will make recommendations and provide information on services available. Adults who are no longer considered able to make decisions about their own personal and health care matters may require a substitute decision maker. There are many different ways to become a substitute decision maker for someone who is no longer capable. Please contact your local health centre for more information or the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia.

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