The Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Council is a network of Albertans dedicated to increasing awareness and supporting a community response to elder abuse.

Peter’s Story (physical and emotional abuse)

story1Peter wanted to remain living in his home, but he really needed someone to help him with his day-to-day care.  His niece Mandy had always loved her Uncle Peter and since she was between apartments, it was decided that she would move into his home and assist him with his daily tasks.

Mandy tries her best, and she can be very kind at times.  But at other times, she loses patience with how slowly Peter moves.  She’ll sometimes shove him out of the way if she’s in a hurry, resulting in more than one tumble and bruise.  She tries to be patient, but often her frustration leads to insults, name calling and door slamming.

Neighbours had heard the shouting and Peter’s sharp cries of pain from time to time.  One of these neighbours was finally compelled to call the police when she heard Peter’s continual cries through the bathroom window.  Police found him on the floor of the bathroom with a shattered hip and bleeding head.  He had been laying there in pain for some time after Mandy, frustrated with having to help him with his personal hygiene, pushed him off the toilet and left the house in a rage.

The characters and events depicted in this scenario are entirely fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead is purely coincidental.