Elder Law, Aged Care & Retirement Villages
A Listening Ear to Determine and Action YOUR Needs and Wants
Elder abuse can be defined as any act within a relationship of trust which results in harm to an older person. It can consist of emotional, financial, physical, sexual abuse or neglect.
The Queensland Government website (in the Seniors section) lists examples of abuse as follows:
Many elders are very private and do not want to discuss their concerns as they may fear that the abuser will take action against them, they may be sent to a care facility or they feel ashamed that somehow this is their fault and that it has come to this.
If you suspect someone you know is at risk of abuse or suffering abuse, then step forward and take some action.
If you can speak with the person, ask some open/general questions or if there are signs of abuse – ask some more directed questions.
At McColm Matsinger Lawyers we can also advise and assist you on the steps to take to try and stop elder abuse occurring.
List of Support Services
Call the Elder Abuse Helpline (9am–5pm, Monday to Friday) for free and confidential advice for anyone experiencing elder abuse or who suspects someone they know may be experiencing elder abuse.
Phone: 1300 651 192 (Queensland only) or (07) 3867 2525 (rest of Australia).