Aunty Lorna contacted the Older Persons Advocacy Network and explained that some of her family had moved in with her a few months ago to ‘help out’ after her stroke as she was unable to cope. She explained that even though they moved in she was still not getting any help. Aunty Lorna explained that she paid the rent, but she did not see any of her pension money anymore, as her large family used it for their needs.
Aunty Lorna said that she did not want to upset her family, but she would like to have some money for herself. Aunty Lorna was also concerned about what would happen if she became unwell, whether her family would continue to pay the rent ensuring she would have somewhere to live. The advocate explained that they could assist her to look at her options.
Aunty Lorna asked if an advocate could meet with her at her respite centre on one of the days she was there, so that her family would not know. The advocate reassured Aunty Lorna they would meet where she liked, and that the advocate would also not take any action without her permission.
The advocate met with Aunty Lorna and explained that she had a right to make her own financial decisions and that she could also ask someone she trusted to make decisions for her if she felt she was unable to make them for herself, by appointing them as her Enduring Power of Attorney for financial matters. Aunty Lorna decided that she believed her oldest daughter Karen (who did not live with her) would be the best person to make the financial decisions for her, which she felt were out of her ability.
The advocate supported Aunty Lorna to appoint Karen as Aunty Lorna’s Attorney so she could protect Aunty Lorna’s financial interests. The advocate also helped Aunty Lorna arrange some home care services to ensure she was cared for.