Cst. Dawna Murray of the DRPS Senior Support Unit delivered a workshop for the staff at Harmony Hills Retirement Centre today in order to help them recognize the signs of elder abuse and know what to do about it. Cst. Murray delivers this workshop to staff at long-term care facilities and senior's groups across the region.
Before the workshop began, the residents of Harmony Hills presented the Durham Elder Abuse Network (DEAN) with a donation to their victim services fund. DRPS is a proud supporter of DEAN, with both Cst. Murray and Senior Support Sgt. Sherry Tate as members. The money was raised at Harmony Hills' "Summerfest" by the more than 180 residents and their family.
DEAN's chair Jennifer Josephson was on hand with Cst. Murray to accept the cheque for $1,500. "This money will go to a fund that helps victims of elder abuse. Whether they need new locks on their doors or money for emergency housing, this donation will go straight to victims," said Josephson.
DEAN's mission is to be leaders in the development of an integrated and collaborative strategy to address the prevention of elder abuse in Durham Region through networking, information sharing, raising awareness and advocacy. To learn more about DEAN, click here.
To get learn more about the DRPS Senior Support Unit, click here.
Cst. Murray Educating about Elder Abuse (JPG file, 492.9K bytes)
Cheque Presentation from Harmony Hills to DEAN (JPG file, 877.0K bytes)
Residents of Harmony Hills Presenting the Cheque (JPG file, 8,555.1K bytes)