Safety, Security & Legal Matters

Knowing about the resources and tools available to plan for emergencies, recognize signs of elder abuse, or take care of financial and legal matters can help improve your personal safety and quality of life, as well as help those around you.

Elder Abuse

It is important to be aware of signs of abuse and where to get help.

Please see the Government of Canada’s resources, including signs of elder abuse and how to protect yourself at: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/campaigns/elder-abuse.html.

Where do I go for help?

  • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.
  • The Seniors Abuse Support Line can provide information, referral and support 24 hours, seven days a week. Call toll-free 1-888-896-7183.
  • Contact the Protection for Persons in Care Office if you are concerned about someone living in a personal care home, hospital or any other health care facility. Call 204-788-6366 in Winnipeg or toll free 1-866-440-6366 outside Winnipeg.

Education and Awareness

Prevent Elder Abuse Manitoba (PEAM)

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

  • WEAAD is held on June 15th each year and is an opportunity to get involved in local efforts to raise awareness of elder abuse and resources available to help.  Please visit http://www.weaadmanitoba.ca/ for more information.

Emergency Preparedness & Fire Safety

Financial Planning and Protection, Frauds and Scams, & Consumer Protection

  • Financial Planning and Protection Fact Sheet for Seniors
    The Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors' Forum have created a series of plain language factsheets on financial planning and protection.
  • The Manitoba Securities Commission has put together some helpful tips and tools to help you learn how to make more informed financial decisions. Get started with the basics of investing, learn how to choose a financial adviser that’s right for you, and understand how to protect yourself from investment frauds and scams.
  • The Consumer Protection Office (CPO) has created important consumer information on their website on many consumer related topics including researching a car purchase or protecting your identity. You can also sign up for alerts and consumer protection advice by email at consumers@gov.mb.ca
  • Please see Income Security, Benefits and Retirement Planning for information on these benefits to help you with financial planning.

Legal Matters

Personal Safety

  • The RCMP’s Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security
    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have created a guidebook called Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security on a variety of topics affecting seniors such as elder abuse, home security, consumer protection, frauds and scams.
  • The SafetyAid program addresses safety and security of older adults by delivering home safety and fall prevention audits for community-based older adults living in Manitoba.  For more information about the program or to make an appointment, visit A & O:  Support Services for Older Adults Inc.

Click here for more resources on Fall Prevention.