Bundaleer helping break down barriers of elder abuse

Awareness campaign: Bundaleer CEO Gareth Norman and manager of care services Louise Roberts helping residents and friends better understand what constitutes elder abuse during a seminar on Thursday.
Awareness campaign: Bundaleer CEO Gareth Norman and manager of care services Louise Roberts helping residents and friends better understand what constitutes elder abuse during a seminar on Thursday.

Shining a light on elder abuse took centre stage when Bundaleer hosted a two hour information session during Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15.

CEO Gareth Norman and manager of care services Louise Roberts addressed about 20 residents and friends in the care facility’s recreation room.

The presentation included several info segments, power point presentation and group discussions.

Mrs Roberts said elder abuse was a breach of trust.

“Elder abuse is where there has been a breach in trust in a relationship where the elder is being abused either psychologically, emotionally, financially, physically, socially or sexually. This can go on for many years,” she said.

“There are many avenues available for help and guidance. So, if you see elder abuse occurring either with your family, friends or neighbours, there is help at hand, by contacting the elder abuse hotline.

“Our role at Bundaleer is to help too. Bundaleer offers help for the carers of people who are suffering dementia or ageing. We have respite services available for overnight stays or we can come to you home and sit with your loved one so you can have a break.

“We offer this service because we understand you may be experiencing increased stress levels.

“We don’t want you to feel isolated or alone.”

Mrs Robert enouraged any person who has been or is the recipient of elder abuse to have the courage to ask for help.

“If you are unable to ask a relative for help, you can certainly ring Bundaleer and talk with us,” she added.

If you are experiencing elder abuse, contact the Guardianship Tribunal 9955 8500 or www.gt.nsw.gov.au of the NSW elder abuse hotline 1800 628 221 or The Seniors Rights Service 9281 3672 or 1800 424 079 or go to www.seniorsrightsservice.org.au