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WHATA model, guidance and resources for how to start an elder abuse shelter in a community.
WHYTo create a network of elder abuse shelters through relationships, shared resources, common standards, and a community of support.
WHERESAFE Stop Abuse of Elders Shelter Program.
The SPRING Alliance.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice.
New York, NY, USA.

Program Description

“Experts will work with key community stakeholders to adapt the flexible elder abuse shelter model to suit particularized local needs and resources. We recognize the road to launching a shelter is complex, and welcome inquiries from communities at every stage of the process.”

“Funders and foundations are extremely responsive to the vision of a non-profit long-term care facility taking in vulnerable older adults in need of immediate shelter as well as planning, legal services and support. There are also many collaborative fundraising opportunities with community, statewide and national agencies with overlapping missions.” -

The SAFE: Stop Abuse of Elders Shelter Program model purposes that Elders can be effectively sheltered one of two ways:

  • Within a long-term care community among other residents - abused older adults receive any required medical care and elder abuse victim services in a safe and confidential manner.  
  • Victims of elder abuse are placed in community-based senior-friendly housing that is managed by SAFE: Stop Abuse of Elders.

Elder abuse support services can provide older adults in crisis with shelter and emergency housing in a confidential manner and depending on the model may include:

  • Support and referrals through care management services
  • Psychological and trauma therapy
  • Geriatric assessments
  • Assistance navigating the health care system
  • Help finding safe permanent housing
  • Intervention for family relationships
  • Regaining the elder’s sense of self-worth
  • Law Enforcement Support
  • Banking and Financial Assistance
  • Legal referrals
  • Spiritual support
  • Music, yoga and art therapy
  • Safe discharge planning
  • Interfaith Response to Elder Abuse
  • Outreach and education to professionals and the wider community

In order for the Elder Shelter model to work, The Spring Alliance suggests the following components be in place:

  • A Champion to commit to the idea
  • Appropriate Housing site within the community
  • A Network of elder abuse support services such as medical, psychological, legal and social services
  • Awareness of elder abuse within the community and professionals
  • Reliable Housing- funding, administration and maintenance

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale
was the first model shelter for elder abuse using the Spring Alliance Model.

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