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NZACA Welcomes Labours Support for Aged Care Commissioner

8 May 2014

NZACA Welcomes Labours Support for Aged Care Commissioner

The New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) welcomes today’s announcement by Labour to support the establishment of an Aged Care Commissioner to look into elderly financial abuse.

Financial Elder abuse can take many forms. It might be someone having their superannuation stolen or their house being sold with the proceeds being taken by someone with EPOA. Or it could be a lawyer charging high fees to manage someone’s affairs through to having a credit card used without the elderly person’s knowledge.

“With sad regularity my members come to me with situations where they know their residents are being financially abused by the person who holds the Enduring Powers of Attorney. But there is nothing they can do other than raise it with the perpetrator or possibly take it through the courts at great expense in time and money,” said Martin Taylor, NZACA Chief Executive.

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