Older Persons Advocacy Network was contacted by the Manager of an aged care home seeking assistance for a resident, Nadia, who had advised the Manager that her son who lived interstate was taking advantage of her through the abuse of an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA).
Nadia took the phone and confirmed the Manager’s advice adding that she appointed her son as EPA when she went in to hospital for major surgery. She had now recovered and wanted to take back control of her finances and in doing so discovered the abuse.
Options were discussed with Nadia and she consented to the advocate assisting her to revoke her son’s EPA. A letter revoking the EPA was prepared and forwarded to Nadia at the aged care home awaiting her signature, with instructions regarding witnessing and service of the notice.
The home then assisted Nadia to attend Centrelink and her Bank to provide them with copies of the letter. Changes were made to Nadia’s banking arrangements to ensure that her son no longer had access to her accounts.