Staying in charge of your life decisions
We all have the right to make our own choices on how we spend our money, where we live and who we see. We want our choices to be respected and to live in a safe and comfortable environment.
For some older people, their wishes are not respected and they are taken advantage of by someone they know and trust. This could involve a family member, carer or friend. No one should be treated this way.
This can look like:
- Pressuring someone to make decisions that make them feel uncomfortable
- Misusing someone’s finances beyond their authority to do so
- Controlling whom they can see or where they can go
This could happen to you or someone you know.
If you’re concerned this is happening to you or someone you know, there are free and confidential support services you can contact. You’ll be speaking with a qualified person experienced in this area.
This one small step can make a world of difference.
In an Emergency, call the Police on Triple zero (000)
The police should be involved if there is an immediate risk of physical harm to family members or the older person.
Phone: Triple zero (000)
For Family and Relationship Support
Better Place Australia
Better Place Australia aims to enhance family relationships and prevent, manage and resolve family conflict. Their services include family mediation, counselling, family therapy, elder abuse prevention and relationship education.
Phone: 1800 214 117
For Legal advice and information on your rights
Seniors Rights Victoria
Seniors Rights Victoria is a free service that provides information about the rights of older people. They provide support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people.
Phone: 1300 368 821
For Support at home
My Aged Care
The Australian Government’s My Aged Care service helps you to access services and find information in one spot for yourself, a family member or friend.
They can provide some help around the house or support if you think it’s time to look into aged care homes.
Phone: 1800 200 422
For Support with Powers of Attorney and future planning
Office of the Public Advocate (OPA)
The Office of the Public Advocate can assist with information about enduring powers of attorney, enduring guardianship and administration, medical treatment decision making and making an advance care directive.
Phone: 1300 309 337