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Help Sheets

Seniors Rights Victoria develops various tip sheets on a multitude of subjects related to elder abuse. 

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Grandparenting Help Sheet

Intergenerational relationships can have the capacity to provide a direct positive impact on a young people’s health and well-being, from childhood through to adulthood.
This help sheet for grandparents will provide useful information on where to obtain support and advice on the issues that a grandparent might face.
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Advanced Care Planning

Filling in an Advance Care Directive enables you to plan ahead and decide what kind of medical and personal care you would like if a time came that you can no longer speak for yourself. This can protect you from potential elder abuse, by ensuring that your wishes are understood, respected, and followed.
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Adult Children at Home

We may love our children. But that doesn’t mean that we always love them living with us. When adult children seek to return to their parents’ home, the request may be sudden and unexpected. You may have little time to consider whether you really like the idea, or to discuss how living arrangements might work. Our Help Sheet will clarify some of the considerations when an adult child seeks to return home.
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Care for Your Assets Online

This guide is for you if you are thinking about selling your home and giving the money to someone, moving in with a relative, or having a relative move in with you, transferring property to a close relative or friend, or giving or lending money to someone.

The guide will help you think through the possible personal and legal outcomes of any new arrangements before you make changes. 
these changes.
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Decision Making

Everyone wants to make their own decisions about matters that affect their own lives. We all have the right to make our own choices, however sometimes these can be overlooked, especially at time when we might be more vulnerable. This Help Sheet will assist you to protect your rights.
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Identifying and Responding to Elder Abuse in Intergenerational Families

Intergenerational living is most often a joy. Bringing family members of all ages under the one roof can provide rich opportunities for relatives to support, care for and bond with each other. However, intergenerational households can also be a site where the abuse of vulnerable members of the family, including older people, occurs. This resource will explain how to – as a professional – identify and respond to elder abuse in these settings.
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Safety and Emergencies

There might be times when your safety is at risk or you feel unsafe in your own home. You can take steps to plan for your safety from abuse and mistreatment. The Plan for Your Safety Help Sheet provides easy and practical tips to protect yourself. It also has a safety plan you can complete and keep somewhere safe.
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Concerned about someone else

It is upsetting to see someone you care about being taken advantage of or mistreated. Sometimes it is hard to work out exactly what is happening, but you might feel something isn’t quite right. This booklet will help you understand abuse and where to get help.

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Respect our Elders: Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island Respect and Culture

Elders are custodians of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Culture in Australia. It is because of them that we understand and preserve Aboriginal culture. Elder abuse is disrespectful. This flyer was is for general distribution within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It outlines what elder abuse looks like and what to do about it.

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Challenging Ageism 

This paper provides an overview of ageism in Australia, examples (language,
the media, elder abuse, and workplace discrimination), advice on how to
stop it, and further resources.

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Gifts, Loans and Debts

Older people often get asked to help when family members are in difficulty and it’s sometimes hard to say no. This guide will help you understand your rights and responsibilities and what can go wrong when you help someone financially

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If you, or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, help is available through our confidential helpline on 1300 368 821. If it is an emergency, call 000.
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