QADA chief executive Geoff Rowe
QADA chief executive Geoff Rowe

Advocacy group call for elderly abuse inquiry

A QUEENSLAND aged care group has backed a Senate call for a royal commission into financial abuse of the elderly, in the same week the national Aged Care Complaints Commissioner starts work.

The group, Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy, told ABC Radio on Monday many elderly Australians were having their power of attorney taken off them to gain access to their money.

A Senate inquiry report late last year told of hundreds, if not thousands of aging Australians being ripped off by relatives.

The report urged the Turnbull Government to set up a royal commission to investigate.

QADA chief executive Geoff Rowe told ABC the abuse was often perpetrated by someone the person trusted, and it started with small amounts of money before relatives began taking larger amounts.

He said the group was also seeing more cases of relatives taking over the elderly person's family home for their own purposes.