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.
Our free and confidential legal service for older people (aged 55+) can help with a number of legal issues.
Elder abuse and mistreatment
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. We can speak to older people about these issues.
Sale and transfer of property
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. We can speak to older people to make sure it works for them.
We can help older people with enduring powers of attorney, guardianship and administration.
We can help older people with tenancy issues such as ensuring repairs and maintenance to their rental property.
Loans and contracts
We can help older people who have signed documents they didn’t understand or didn’t want to sign. We can also help older people if they have been treated unfairly by a business.
We can help an older person about their rights as a grandparent, including spending time with their grandchildren.
Hoarding and squalor issues
We can help older people where their hoarding behaviour has resulted in a fine.
Anyone over the age of 55 years can access this service.
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.