The Kingston Council on Aging has applauded a provincial move last week to set up a 24-hour-a-day hotline for people to report elder abuse.
The council is a member of the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, which received a three-year, $415,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to help set up the hotline.
The hotline is free and confidential for seniors suffering abuse of any kind, including physical, financial, emotional and sexual abuse. The hotline will refer people to local resources.
The number to report local elder abuse is 613-542-1336. The new hotline number is 1-866-299-1011.