Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who can use the services of Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS)? Does
it cost anything?
2. What are my rights and are they different to anyone else’s rights?
3. Advocacy – what does it mean and how does ARAS advocate for older
4. What if the older person has dementia or has had a stroke and can’t make decisions for themselves’, how can you ensure their rights are upheld?
5. Would the advocate speak directly to an alleged abuser?
6. Can ARAS give legal advice?
7. Can I remain anonymous?
When an older person is unable to express their wishes the advocate will take steps to identify all significant others relating to the older person including family and friends.
The ARAS advocate will work with the representative of the older person when they are seen to be acting in the older person’s best interests. When the older person’s best interests are at risk, ARAS will refer to more formal means to resolve conflict and ensure that the older person’s rights are safeguarded.