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Right at Home commemorates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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Right at Home, Australia’s trusted homecare provider, today commemorated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), held each year on June 15.

WEAAD is a global movement to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality – elder abuse. WEAAD was officially recognised by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) that first established the commemoration in June 2006. 

Efforts to curb elder abuse in Australia ramped up in March last year with the Attorney-General's launch of a National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians (Elder Abuse) 2019-2023.  

Developed in collaboration with state and territory governments, the Plan provides an overview of the issues that all governments need to prioritise and act on. 

 The Plan sets out a framework for ongoing cooperation, action and monitoring against five priority areas: 

  • Enhancing our understanding 
  • Improving community awareness and access to information 
  • Strengthening service responses 
  • Planning for future decision-making 
  • Strengthening safeguards for vulnerable older adults 

 These priority areas will result in: 

  • Access to better information about elder abuse, to enable governments to target effective responses 
  • Better coordination across jurisdictions, as many families live across multiple states or territories and may struggle to navigate systems and rules operating in different locations 
  • Improvement in people's access to information about elder abuse, including driving greater service responses, such as the Australian Government's recent investment in front-line support services 
  • Greater attention on the benefits of planning ahead and making it easier and safer for older people to utilise future-planning tools such as powers of attorney. 

The plan complements, but does not replace, Commonwealth and state and territory policies about ageing and elder abuse. 

If you would like to learn more about elder abuse, visit Compass. An Australian Government-funded collection of resources and information from across the country, Compass is designed to improve community awareness of elder abuse and access to information.  

Click on the link if you would like to hear a recording of a free webinar held earlier today on ‘Stronger Futures: Perspectives on strategies and planning – tools for stopping abuse’.

From all of us here at Right at Home.  

In good health. 

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Australian Government Department of Health

Victorian Health and Human Services

NSW Health

Queensland Health

ACT Health

WA Department of Health

Tasmanian Department of Health

Northern Territory Department of Health

SA Health

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As a home care provider, Right at Home Australia provides support and homecare and assistance for the elderly and for people suffering with illness so they can remain at home together with their loved ones through recovery or maintain an independent life if living with a disability. Our care services fall into several categories of home care for seniors, adults living with a disability and post-operative care including services for those with special care situations caused by complex medical conditions. Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and have a comprehensive portfolio of care services that ensure your loved ones get the care they need. Right at Home also provides care through the NDIS disability scheme. If you or someone you love needs care due to changed conditions because of Coronavirus, we have capacity so give us a call. Our number one priority is the safety of our staff and clients, and we follow strict hygiene and safety protocols. 

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Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors (elderly and aged care) and adults living with a disability who want to continue to live independently or age in their home. Right at Home is your local expert for issues related to caring for your loved ones and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care. With no admin or subscription fees Right at Home allows you to get more care from your package or budget.

Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing care, after hospital care, post-operative care, respite care, dementia and Alzheimer's care. Right at Home also offers assistance with daily living and personal care such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoy a more independent, vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained, and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one.

To find out more, please give us a call on 1300 363 802 or visit our website.

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