The ALRC was asked to consider Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks and how they might better protect older persons from misuse or abuse, and safeguard their autonomy.
The Report includes 43 recommendations for law reform. The overall effect will be to safeguard older people from abuse and support their choices and wishes through:
- improved responses to elder abuse in residential aged care;
- enhanced employment screening of care workers;
- greater scrutiny regarding the use of restrictive practices in aged care;
- building trust and confidence in enduring documents as important advanced planning tools;
- protecting older people when ‘assets for care’ arrangements go wrong;
- banks and financial institutions protecting vulnerable customers from abuse;
- better succession planning across the self-managed superannuation sector;
- adult safeguarding regimes protecting and supporting at-risk adults.
SOURCE: Australian Law Reform Commission. “Elder Abuse: A National Legal Response.” Australian Law Reform Commission, ALRC Report 131, 14 June 2017.
Produced by the librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia