Support for older residents at risk of elder abuse Free legal and support services for older residents of the Fraser Coast concerned about elder abuse, mistreatment or financial exploitation. What is Elder Abuse Elder abuse is any act within a relationship of trust which results in harm to an older person. It can include:- Preventing an older person from seeing others or denying them the right to make their own decisions. Verbal intimidation, humiliation or harassment or threats of physical harm or abandonment. Intentional or unintentional failure to provide adequate care. Intentionally damaging another person’s property- for example, hurting pets or breaking belongings. Intentionally hurting a person- for example, slapping, hitting or mistreating someone. Unwanted sexual approaches or indecent behaviour towards another person. The illegal or proper use or misappropriation of a person’s property or finances. How we can help We can assist with:- Legal advice Social support Individualised casework Information Referrals Short term counselling Advocacy Family mediation Education to staff and community groups on request We commonly provide Information, advice and support regarding elder abuse, for example, financial exploitation through the misuse of Enduring Powers of Attorney. Short term counselling and family conferences to resolve conflict. Information on your legal rights in situations including granny flat arrangements and family debts. Representation and/or support before Tribunals. All consultations are free and confidential. Contact us today on 4124 6863. Individual strategies to prevent elder abuse Don’t leave it until it’s too late. Plan for the future when you are well, healthy and independent. Stay connected to the community! Seek a wide range of social networks beyond your immediate family. Avoid making important decisions following a significant event in your life. Don’t sign anything you don’t understand. If you have not had a positive relationship with family members, don’t assume it will improve if they move in with you- or you with them. Contact Us To make an appointment for the service nearest you, please contact us on (07) 4124 6859 Email: [email protected] Address: Shop 6,16 Torquay Road, Pialba QLD 4655.