The Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) offers a free, confidential and state-wide service to older people, or their representatives, who are:
living in residential aged care
receiving Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) or Home Care Package (HCP) services
at risk of, or experiencing abuse from family or friends
living in a retirement village.
ARAS also has specialist Aboriginal Advocates who provide culturally safe support and host an annual Intergenerational Elders and Youth Gathering in regional South Australia.
Currently, ARAS is participating in the Aged Care System Navigator Trial, which supports older people in navigating the aged care system and accessing services.
ARAS is funded by the Department of Health, National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP), Office for Ageing Well, SA Health and COTA Australia. ARAS is the South Australian member of the Commonwealth funded Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN). OPAN is a national network comprised of nine state and territory organisations and is guided by the Service Delivery Framework.