Granny flats are often the result of informal arrangements between parents and children who assume it will all work out well.
Parents and children rarely put agreements about granny flats in writing and almost never consult a lawyer. But when these arrangements go wrong, the consequences can be disastrous and costly for all.
Healthy people now in their 50s and 60s will be the first generations to benefit from reform. For people already in care, changes will come too late.
By the time the aged care royal commission's recommendations lead to improvements in our nursing homes, four cohorts of residents will have died. Here's why.
Eliminating sexual abuse in nursing homes is a major challenge.
Eliminating sexual assault in nursing homes is a major challenge which starts with acknowledging it exists and recognising the scale of this abuse.
Dementia patients are often the perpetrators and often the victims of abuse. Research also shows that a medical history of head injury can more than double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in some populations, even after many years.
From aggressive patients with Alzheimer's to frustrated caregivers, dementia is increasingly entwined with violence in private homes and residential facilities.
Almost half of residents in Australia’s residential aged care facilities suffer from depression.
Australia's aged care sector is in trouble. Our experts have previously explored the complex aspects of the system, exposing where the problems are, and have been for some time.
Attorney-General Christian Porter on a crowded agenda.
Christian Porter says the response to the consultations for a national apology to victims of child sexual abuse has been very strong with a total of 167 attendees at consultation sessions so far.
The Financial Services Royal Commission has heard of irresponsible lending to elderly Australians.
In a period of declining housing affordability and precarious employment, older people are sitting on a "nest egg".
Financial abuse of the elderly is shockingly common in Australia and most often occurs within families.
The federal governments efforts to tackle the financial abuse of elders is to be welcomed - but will banks be properly empowered to act?
Elder abuse covers physical, sexual, psychological, emotional and financial abuse.
A report that recommends 43 ways to prevent elder abuse acknowledges we don't even know how often it occurs in Australia.
Are front-line bank staff trained to detect elder abuse?
The Law Reform Commission has recommended that banks take 'reasonable steps' to protect vulnerable Australians.
Women over 60 are being killed in their own homes - but little more is known about these crimes.
An inquiry into elder abuse will look at legislative measures to protect elderly Australians while protecting their rights and freedoms.
With incidence of elder abuse, mostly within families, on the rise, the government is looking for much-needed legislative measures to combat it.
The rape of older people has been missed off national statistics.
New research reveals how many people over the age of 60 have been raped in the UK – and it is time to act.
The UK's palliative care is excellent - but that hasn't prevented scandals like the Liverpool Care Pathway and Mid-staffs.
Lesson is that things need to change, not that we need more film.
That the Care Quality Commission, the watchdog in charge of health and social care in England, is considering hidden cameras and mystery-shopper exercises in care homes and domiciliary care sounds plausible…