We aim to improve the wellbeing, safety and sense of fulfillment in older Australians by strengthening relationships, facilitating social connection, and reducing loneliness and isolation.
Our Elder Relationships Service program provides counselling and mediation for issues affecting older Australians.
RAV’s elder mediation program offers facilitated decision-making and dispute resolution processes for a range of issues, including:
We offer counselling for seniors, with the issues we address including:
As increasing numbers of us live longer and thrive in our later years, it’s never been more important to plan ahead. We often delay planning for the future until a crisis, illness or financial difficulty requires us to find urgent solutions. As a result, decision-making can often be rushed, creating tensions and disputes in families, or resulting in unwise arrangements that cause problems further down the track.
To help guide better decisions for the future, we offer interactive, informative presentations and workshops to social networks, community groups and workplaces who work with families. Find out more here.
A growing number of grandparents are having to put their retirement trips and leisure activities on hold in order to raise their grandchildren.
In partnership with Anglicare, we run a monthly support group and annual camp for grandparents raising young children in Traralgon. Find out more here.
Our staff continue to undertake a range of specialist training focused on broadening knowledge of ageing, elder abuse, ethical dilemmas surrounding consent, relevant legislative and rights frameworks and age-appropriate service design.
We have developed a suite of resources and information sheets to help older adults and those caring for them.
The Neighbour Day 2017 annual theme was The importance of social connection for the elderly. Studies have shown that social participation is associated with improved wellbeing for individuals, families and communities. The theme aimed to help highlight the importance of reaching out to older people in their communities who may be feeling socially isolated. Find out more on the Neighbour Day website.
As the elders of our communities, you have a right to be treated with equality, dignity and respect.
Our aim is the empowerment of older generations through:
We recognise that older adults deserve:
When dealing with us, you can expect:
Download our Charter of Rights for Older Adults.