POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 105 This Information Sheet has been developed by the government of Ontario as part of Ontario’s Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse. The Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat, Ministry of the Attorney General have provided funding to the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse for public education to raise awareness about elder abuse. Lisa Manuel, Family Service Association of Toronto is acknowledged for her contribution to this Information Sheet. In addition, other sources have been used to produce this Information Sheet. For a complete listing of these sources, please contact the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat at 416-326-7057. Planning Checklist It is important to protect your personal documents and think about what to do in case of an emergency. You may want to consider putting together an emergency kit. Items to put in the kits may include: • Emergency phone numbers written out and stored in a safe place • Emergency money (for a taxi, hotel etc). This should include quarters for phone calls or a phone card. • Extra clothing • A list of medications, name and phone number of pharmacy and at least three days worth of medications. • Glasses, hearing aides and other assistive devices such as cane, walker, wheelchair. • A safe place to go in the event of an emergency (in and outside the house). • Escape route from the house. • Copies of relevant documents including: • Identification (i.e. birth certificate) • Marriage certificate or record of commonlaw relationship • Notice of assessment from most recent income tax return • Cheque books and credit cards • Lease, rental agreement, or house deed • Bankbook and recent statements • Health card • Social Insurance Number • Passport • House, car, and safety deposit box keys • Immigration Papers Available Supports If you are experiencing abuse, you are not alone; help is available. Service providers are available in your community to assist you. They will help you discuss your plan for increased safety and help you to prepare to protect yourself in case of further abuse. By calling the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Victim Support Line you can access trained information counselors who can provide information and referral services on elder abuse. The Victim Support Line is toll free, 1-888-579-2888 across Ontario, or in the Toronto area 416-314-2447. For more information on elder abuse and a list of provincial elder abuse resources, a “What You Need to Know About Elder Abuse: Information Sheet” is available at or call toll-free 1-888-910-1999 (in Ontario). Safety Planning for Older Persons ... Continued