Aboriginal Elders

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We are here to help older Aboriginal people and their families.

There are many ways we can help you and your family,:

  • Understanding the aged care system and the steps you need to take to access services that suit you
  • Understanding your rights and how to stand up for yourself or a family member
  • How to get help to stay living at home with your family for as long as possible
  • How to deal with a problem you are having with an aged care service provider.

Contact us to talk about how we can help you.

Contact us

To access an Aboriginal language interpreting service, please call Aboriginal Interpreting WA (AIWA) on 1800 330 331.

Elder abuse

Elder abuse is becoming a rising concern within communities.

As with many forms of abuse, it’s hard to speak out on elder abuse. Sometimes it’s even hard to admit it to yourself.

And when elder abuse happens within families, you can feel ashamed to seek help and be fearful of reprisals.

But we are here to listen to you and work with you to resolve the situation.

If you are experiencing any type of elder abuse, one of our advocates can work with you, and with your consent, a family member, or another representative who is working in your best interests, to resolve the situation.

Our services are free and confidential, and you choose how much you would like us involved in resolving the issue.

If you identify that you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse of any form, please call the WA Elder Abuse Helpline on 1300 724 679.

Dorothy’s story

Dorothy* is 53 years of age and lives in her own home. She looks after her three grandchildren during the week and often takes them to school. Dorothy has Type 2 Diabetes, her health had been deteriorating for several years. Cleaning, washing and looking after the garden had become more of a struggle, especially as she didn’t have anyone to help.

Dorothy wasn’t aware that because of her health condition, she could get aged care services to help her. She met an Advocare representative at a health event, explained her situation and was told that she could access help at home through a home care services program.

We helped Dorothy with the steps needed to get an aged care assessment, and now she has a support worker regularly visiting to help her with cleaning and gardening. This has given her the ability to care for her grandchildren as well as maintain her home and attend to her own health needs.

* All names on this website have been changed to protect privacy