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Aging and vulnerable widows

Legacy is committed to ensuring no widow of a deceased veteran will ever face life’s challenges alone.

Protecting older widows

Through our programs in support of the ageing, Legacy aims to provide comfort and security to those who find themselves alone and vulnerable.
At Legacy, we are committed to helping older widows live full and happy lives despite their loss.

The majority of people we support are elderly widows over the age of 70 years. Care is provided on the basis of need. While some widows require little more than advice, others require more extensive assistance e.g. pension’s advocacy, providing safety and security, relieving financial hardship, combating social isolation and providing medical care.

Our Services

Legacy offers many programs and services. Our objective is to support the wellbeing of our veterans’ families in as many ways we can.

Services 01

Combating social isolation

Legacy recognises the serious and disabling consequences of isolation, and uses a combination of community and Legacy resources to construct individual care plans for socially isolated widows.

These care plans aim to facilitate social contact and participation in community life with a view to prolonging and enhancing quality of life for the ageing. These care plans include social and care groups, outings, hobby centres and community services and facilities.

Services 06

Living at home with dignity

All older people deserve to choose where they want to live. The vast majority of widows want to stay independent in a suitable home as they get older.

Legacy has a responsibility to support that desire and we do so through offering advice and support in people’s homes.Other types of assistance include help with heating or cooling the home, medical emergency alarm systems and access to community transport.

Services 02

Health and security

Health issues become more acute as our widows age and support may be necessary for hospitalisation outside the public health system, assistance with allied and ancillary medical care and transportation to appointments.

Legacy can also help choose relevant care options, liaise with providers of care services and help manage the transition to aged care at the appropriate time. This is particularly important to widows who have no family.

Services 04

Providing relief from financial hardship

Occasionally, a widow’s income may not provide for a minimum standard of well-being. In these circumstances, Legacy can provide a loan, grant or allowance where there is a genuine need that cannot be met from any other source.

Financial hardship relief is provided for such things as unexpected and vital repairs, significant medical expenses, and essential preventative maintenance of the home.

Seeking support?

We try to help as many people as we can, however our services do differ in different parts of Australia and specific criteria must be met. This is determined by each club of Legacy.