Tragic case shows need for Home Options Information Service

COTA NSW believes that this tragic case illustrates the urgent need for a Home Options Information Centre in NSW.

Tragic case shows need for Home Options Information Service

Tragic case shows need for Home Options Information Service

Released: 23-Feb-2015

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We were very disturbed to hear about the plight of Wendy Bishop, as described on the episode of A Current Affair that screened on 20 February 2015. According to A Current Affair, Mrs Bishop is now on the brink of homelessness. Totally reliant on the age pension, she plans to move into a horse float.

To watch the segment on A Current Affair about Mrs Bishop’s experience, please click here.

COTA NSW believes that this tragic case illustrates the urgent need for a Home Options Information Centre in NSW. Many older people in NSW face difficult decisions as they try to choose accommodation that will suit them as they age.

Making the right choices can be challenging, particularly for people who have to interpret long and often complex contracts, whether they relate to the purchase of a block of land, strata titled flat, accommodation in a residential park, or a retirement village.

Critically, older people  – unlike their younger counterparts – have very little scope to rebuild their lives if something goes wrong, especially if they are dependent on a fixed income.

In the lead up to State Election on 28 March 2015 COTA NSW is urging all political parties to commit to funding an independent, free, information service that will assist people to make sound housing choices as they age. We urge you to contact your local member to support better information for older people.

Click here to watch A Current Affair’s report on Mrs Bishop’s plight.

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