Deputy Mayor unveils scheme to help elderly

GUIDE: Deputy Mayor Alan Zubrinich, left, Eilise Sullivan and Dean Begley.
GUIDE: Deputy Mayor Alan Zubrinich, left, Eilise Sullivan and Dean Begley.

A free scheme has been launched to help elderly people with end-of-life matters.

Deputy Mayor Alan Zubrinich spoke to about 60 at the Lifestyle Village to outline the project on Wednesday.

He said it involved advanced-care directives, enduring power-of-attorney and wills that could be completed free under the Your Life, Your Say program.

"We are getting people to get their lives in order," he said.

"It is about informed choice with what you want done with your life's assets.

We are getting people to get their lives in order. It is about informed choice with what you want done with your life's assets.

Deputy Mayor Alan Zubrinich

"Port Pirie has a higher percentage of ageing people. We found there was an unmet need to get this work done."

Port Pirie Regional Council gained a $25,000 state government grant for the 12-month project

Cr Zubrinich said free legal advice would be offered by the Legal Services Commission.

Legal adviser Eilise Sullivan, of the commission, said the program involved residents "planning ahead".

"We are talking about putting in place legal documents to support decision-making as people grow older," she said. According to council, residents will be empowered to make informed choices regarding their future through the rollout of the program.

ADVICE: Eilise Sullivan, back, of the Legal Services Commission, offers some advice to Bill, left, and Jo Buchholz and Cavell and Rob Peacock.

ADVICE: Eilise Sullivan, back, of the Legal Services Commission, offers some advice to Bill, left, and Jo Buchholz and Cavell and Rob Peacock.

Council has an Age Friendly SA Grant through the Office of Ageing Well, SA Health, for the initiative.

The pilot program will increase awareness around advanced-care directives, enduring power-of-attorney, will kits and Centrelink and other government services.

The program includes digital literacy training to increase the use of technology and help residents navigate online services related to these processes.

The commission's representatives were at the launch and computers were available for residents to complete online documents on the day.

The launch was aimed at Lifestyle Village residents, but the program will be rolled out throughout Port Pirie and the region.

The council said Cr Zubrinich had led the initiative to meet a need in the community.

As citizens enter their twilight years, it is crucial for them to have good planning both for health reasons and estate considerations.

The council is playing a key role in these matters.

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