Meeting Minutes - Feb. 20, 2020 - Laura Sullivan: Seniors at Risk
The meeting was called to order by President Julian Sale at 9:55 am with 44 members in attendance. He introduced and welcomed one guest today, John Bullock. He further indicated the Bill Gaines has be approved by the Board as the newest member. He went on to encourage members to continue to seek new club members in order to continue growing the membership and to use the business cards that are available to hand out to prospective new members.
Julian thanked Bob Berry for the fine job of setting up the AV equipment for today and said it was great to have someone to take over and perform this task. Thanks to the House Committee for all their efforts in preparing the regular set up prior to each membership meeting.
Activities – Ken Marchant - the Valentine’s Dinner last Friday was a success and everyone seemed to enjoy a fine meal at the Symposium Restaurant; - Pending activities are: - The RCMC Anniversary Luncheon on April 2nd; - A tour of the Waterloo International Airport is scheduled for May 19th, 2020. - A tour of the Guelph Waste Water Treatment facility.
Coffee Gathering – Andy Curtis - Next Thursday at the Symposium Restaurant and the Airpark Café.
Kerry Gennings introduced today’s guest presenter, Laura Sullivan. Bio: Laura Sullivan Laura has been working with the Canadian Mental Health Association since 2001 after graduating with a MSc. in Family Relations and Human Development from the University of Guelph. She has worked with the Here 24/7 team responding to crisis calls in the community, but she has worked primarily with the Specialized Geriatric Services Team where she has had the role of Seniors at Risk Clinical Consultant for several years. In her role, Laura responds to various calls from police, hospitals, community service providers and concerned citizens who call to express concern about a vulnerable senior. She works as an advocate for the older adult to provide education to their support team and to help balance risk with the wishes of the individual. She collaborates with community partners to help formulate a response to issues of abuse and neglect.
Topic: Laura's presentation focussed on the type of risks she encounters, how risk is analyzed as well as possible responses. She spoke to the importance of having Power of Attorney documents as a means to reduce vulnerability.
Presentation: (Laura Sullivan provided slides of her presentation which can be found on the Club website under “Speaker’s Notes”)
Ms. Sullivan explained how services work in the community and covered the following topics: - Community Support For Older Adults - Community Response Behaviour Team (CRBT) role - Intensive Geriatric Services Worker (IGSW) role
Several areas of risk -Elder abuse, Environmental Risk, Functional Safety
Power of Attorney -very important - Power of Attorney for Property - Power of Attorney for Personal Care - Advanced Care Planning - Awareness of Scams / Fraud - Stay connected!
Guelph Wellington Community Support for Elder Abuse •Seniors at Risk Clinical Consultant: 519-821-8089 x2049 (CMHA WWD) •Seniors at Risk Consultation Team •Women in Crisis –Counselling and Support, Groups 519-836-5710 •Emergency Retirement Home Placement Program –Wellington County Social Services •Police -911 •Here 24/7 Crisis Line 1-844-437-3247 Other Community Services: -VON –Transportation, Support workers 519-323-3220
LHIN –homecare and long-term care-Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington
•Vulnerable Seniors Lead 519-821-8089 x7030 (CMHA WWD)
Upon conclusion of Laura’s presentation she responded to questions and answers from the membership.
Julian Sale thanked Laura for her presentation and gave her a token of appreciation from the club.
Next meeting: Thursday, March 5th with Bonnie Durtnall: Bawdy Houses, Illicit Booze, Prostitution