Sometimes older people experience mistreatment and disrespectful behaviour – even by those closest to them, like friends and family. This mistreatment may be financial, emotional, social, physical abuse or neglect.
cohealth has partnered with Justice Connect to help older people experiencing elder abuse and other legal issues. This partnership puts a lawyer into our health care teams to improve legal and health outcomes for older people.
What are Justice’s Connect’s focus areas?
For example, some older people decide they want to live with family who will care for them. To do this, they may sell their property or transfer it to their family. A lawyer can speak to the older person to make sure the arrangement works for them.
Banking, credit and debt
Legal help is available for older people who have signed loan documents they didn’t understand or didn’t want to sign. A lawyer can also help older people if they have incurred a debt or a fine due to elder abuse.
Preparation of simple wills for older people who are experiencing or are at risk of elder abuse.
Assistance with VCAT matters
Advice to clients in relation to guardianship or administration/financial management orders.
Help with enduring powers of attorney and medical treatment decision maker appointments.
This service is available to older people experiencing or at risk of elder abuse where:
Contact a cohealth location to request an appointment.
Or speak with any cohealth staff member who will be able to refer you.
This service is free
cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation. We provide essential health and support services in Melbourne’s CBD, and northern and western suburbs.