EASI: Elder Abuse Suspicion Index

What is EASI?

The EASI was developed* to raise a doctor’s suspicion about elder abuse to a level at which it might be reasonable to propose a referral for further evaluation by social services, adult protective services, or equivalents. While all six questions should be asked, a response of "yes" on one or more of questions 2 to 6 may establish concern. The EASI was validated for use by family practitioners of cognitively intact seniors seen in ambulatory settings.

Q 1-5 ask of patient: Q 6 answered by doctor.

Within the last 12 months:

Resources for Elder Abuse

ALBERTA
Family Violence Info Line: 310-1818 toll free
Safeguards for Vulnerable Adults Info & Reporting: 1-888-357-9339

BRITISH COLUMBIA
VictimLink BC: 1-800-563-0808
Health & Seniors Info Line: 1-800-465-4911
BC Centre for Elder Advocacy & Support: 1-866-437-1940

MANITOBA
Seniors Abuse Support Line: 1-888-896-7183
Seniors Info Line: 1-800-665-6565
Protection for Persons in Care: 1-866-440-6366

NEW BRUNSWICK
Department of Social Development Adult Protection: 1-866-444-8838
Chimo Helpline: 1-800-667-5005

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Regional Health Authorities - St. John’s: 709-752-4885
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary - St. John’s: 709-729-8000
Seniors Resource Centre: 1-800-563-5599

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
Family Violence Crisis Line: 1-866-223-7775
Seniors Information Line: 1-800-661-0878
Regional Health & Social Services - Yellowknife: 867-873-7276

NOVA SCOTIA
Seniors Abuse Line: 1-877-833-3377
Seniors Info Line: 1-800-670-0065
Adult Protection/Protection for Persons in Care: 1-800-225-7225

NUNAVUT
Elders Support Line: 1-866-684-5056

ONTARIO
Seniors Safety Line: 1-866-299-1011
Long-Term Care ACTION Line: 1-866-434-0144
Retirement Home Complaints Response & Info Service: 1-800-361-7254

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Adult Protection Services – Charlottetown: 902-368-4790
PEI Family Violence Prevention Services: 1-800-240-9894
Seniors Secretariat - Office for Seniors: 1-866-770-0588

QUEBEC
Ligne Aide Abus Aînés: 1-888-489-2287
Centre d’aide aux victimes d’actes criminels:
Québec: 1-866-532-2822 • Montréal: 514-277-9860

SASKATCHEWAN
24-Hour Abuse Line: 1-800-214-7083
Victim Services: 1-888-286-6664
Abused Women’s Info Line: 1-888-338-0880

YUKON
Seniors’ Services/Adult Protection: 1-800-661-0408 ext 3946
Victim Services/Family Violence Prevention: 1-800-661-0408 ext 8500

Resources on Elder Abuse

*Yaffe MJ, Wolfson C, Lithwick M, Weiss D. Development and validation of a tool to improve physician identification of elder abuse: The Elder Abuse Suspicion Index (EASI) ©. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect 2008; 20(3) 276-300. Haworth Press Inc

© The Elder Abuse Suspicion Index (EASI) was granted copyright by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (Industry Canada)February 21, 2006. (Registration No. 1036459)

Mark J. Yaffe MD, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Maxine Lithwick MSW, CSSS Cavendish, Montreal, Canada

Christina Wolfson PhD, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

This information prepared in conjunction with University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, the Government of Canada, Networks of Centre of Excellence, and NICE.

Link: EASPI.PDF...