Category Archives: Assets for Care

Elder Abuse Prevention Networks Wraps Up

The Elder Abuse Prevention Networks are continuing to host community level events to provide information about elder abuse and mobilise the community in response.

Cobar Community Health – a member of the Macedon Ranges Elder Rights Network (one of the elder abuse prevention networks) organised a Know Your Rights Forum in Woodend in November. About 50 people attended and heard from a panel of speakers which included Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Older Victorians/Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention, Seniors Rights Victoria, Elder Rights Advocacy and Victoria Police. Gerard talked about the phases of ageing from retirement through starting to live with more complex issues and the importance of not becoming isolated from broader social support networks. read more

The Power Project – older women and sexual abuse

Seniors Rights Victoria participated in the launch of the Power Project at last month’s National Elder Abuse Awareness Conference, contributing to an awareness campaign by the OPAL Institute about the sexual abuse of older women.

The Power Project was launched with an interdisciplinary panel hosted by media celebrity Virginia Trioli which included representatives from the police, family violence services, legal and elder abuse services, sexual assault and advocacy services – all discussing the sexual abuse of older women by their partners, family members and service providers. read more

Ageing without fear – a discussion on elder abuse as family violence

One of the key results of the 2016 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence was the recognition of elder abuse as family violence.  Nevertheless, the Royal Commission acknowledged that older people would have very specific needs that would need to be addressed by the family violence sector. A year into the reforms, gaps remain in how best to integrate older people in the service.  The family violence sector, focused on intimate partner violence, may not be presently equipped to cater to the needs of older people experiencing other types of elder abuse.  Further, older people experiencing elder abuse may not see their situation as one of family violence. read more

Legal changes for medical treatment and guardianship

Victorians can now plan ahead for medical treatment to ensure their wishes are followed and their values considered when decisions are made on medical treatment after they lose medical decision-making capacity.

To understand more click Law Institute Victoria Law Institute’s Planning Ahead article.

In other legal updates the Victorian Government introduced new laws this week to better protect the rights of adults with disability to make and participate in decisions that affect their lives. The newly Guardianship and Administration Bill 2018 will replace 1986 laws to define decision-making capacity, including a presumption that a person has the capacity to make decisions unless evidence is provided otherwise. read more

Rural Law financial abuse seminar

Seniors RightsThe Centre for Rural, Regional Law and Justice at Deakin University in partnership with Seniors Rights Victoria presents a free rural law seminar. Lawyers, financial advisors and community workers are encourged to participate in this video seminar on Assets for Care arrangements. The seminar will be delivered by Elizabeth Samra, Principal Solicitor of Seniors Rights Victoria and will be video conferenced to 10 locations across rural and regional Victoria.

Wed 9 Oct 10.30 – 12 noon

For more information download the flyer read more

Care For Your Assets Booklet

Care for your assets bookletMany older people choose to move in with family members so they can get the care they need as they age. Often this involves selling a home or other assets and giving the money to a family member who has agreed to provide ongoing care.

Usually these arrangements work well for everyone involved, but at Seniors Rights Victoria we see many that have gone wrong. Often it is the older people who suffer the consequences and often these could have been avoided.

This is why we have produced a guide for people considering moving in with family as they get older. Care for Your Assets: Money, Ageing & Family will help older people plan and secure their future interests. It covers topics such as making a family agreement, Centrelink and taxation implications and where to go for more information and advice. read more

Launched in Bendigo: Care for Your Assets

Seniors Rights launch Karen TooheyBendigo Town Hall provided a grand backdrop for the celebrations to launch Seniors Rights Victoria’s newest publication. Care for Your Assets: Money, Ageing & Family is a booklet for older people who may be considering moving in with family members.

Karen Toohey, Acting Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (pictured), launched the booklet, which she described as an incredibly helpful resource for older people and their families. She said that elder abuse and ageism are important human rights issues and that the Commission is undertaking ongoing work consulting with older people and addressing age-related discrimination. read more