Friday 29th April 2022 from 9am

Wills & Estates Senior Associate Debbie Sage will join Robyn Hyland to talk about the importance of planning for end-of-life care and what options are available.

Seniors can connect and learn at Feros Care’s Virtual Social Centre


Attwood Marshall Lawyers Wills and Estates Senior Associate, and Accredited Aged Care Professional, Debbie Sage, has partnered with Feros Care to present ‘Ask a Lawyer’ seminars delivered through a Virtual Social Centre.

An innovative platform helping older people stay connected

Feros Care has been smashing stereotypes since 1990. With their ‘Virtual Social Centre’ (VSC) they are bringing together the growing older community and those living with a disability.

During a time where everyone is more isolated than ever before, particularly the elderly, finding new ways to connect and socialise is imperative to your health and wellbeing. Through innovation and creativity, Feros Care are providing a platform to keep people better connected.

Feros Care believes in helping people live bolder lives by being healthier and socially active.  They provide many different services including assistance with residential aged care, home care, home maintenance, veteran’s services, community care, or simply helping those who are getting back on their feet after a hospital stay.

The online world can be a daunting place for the elderly. However, Feros Care have made it safe and easy, providing all the training necessary for people to join the digital community.

The Virtual Social Centre allows members to:

  • Meet new people;
  • Discover and learn new things;
  • Share knowledge with others; and
  • Experience activities from the comfort of their own home.

There is something of interest for every member from book clubs, support groups, guest speakers and lots of surprise events.

For those looking to add a little more physical activity to their day, there’s plenty of choice with seated yoga, tai chi and movement to music and dance sessions.

For the creative at heart, art and craft workshops are regularly hosted and will challenge and stimulate the mind.

The online platform has received an overwhelmingly positive reception and many members have provided feedback about their experience using the Virtual Social Centre, describing it as easy to use and enjoyable.

“The VSC makes me feel valued. It means I can have a social life, make friends, learn new skills all from home. I cannot imagine my life without it,” said Elizabeth, a Feros Care member.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to include this program in your Home Care Package or within your Commonwealth Home Support Service. If you would like to find out more about Feros Care’s Virtual Social Centre, click here

Attwood Marshall Lawyers Joins ‘The Virtual Social Centre’

Attwood Marshall Lawyers are excited to partner with Feros Care to present on a variety of legal topics and engage with members in Q&A sessions to help deliver educational and relevant content.

Wills and Estates Senior Associate, Debbie Sage, will kick off the first ‘Ask a Lawyer’ session this week on Thursday 15 October.  The session will be an open discussion about Wills. Debbie will discuss what different types of Wills there are, what people need to consider when creating a Will, what happens when people have blended families, and the process involved in drafting a Will.

Each month members will be invited to register for the “Ask a Lawyer” session where they can join the conversation and speak directly to legal experts.

“I’m excited to start the ‘Ask a Lawyer’ sessions. It’s great to see how eager everyone is to participate in the program. I look forward to building connections through the centre and being able to provide insightful and valuable information to Feros Care members,” said Ms Sage.

“The fact members can join a virtual session from the comfort of their home and have access to these types of resources and activities is such a wonderful thing to see.”

“Registrations for the first session booked out fast! Residents are eager to learn more about Wills and Estate Planning and are inquisitive about legal matters relevant to their unique situations”, she said.

The ‘Ask a Lawyer’ sessions on The Virtual Social Centre will be scheduled to run once a month and each month will have a different topic of discussion.

“2020 has been a year like no other. Australia’s Aged Care sector has been hardest hit by COVID-19. It inspires me to help the elderly learn more about their legal rights and what they can do to protect themselves and their estates. As an Accredited Aged Care Professional, I am driven to help educate people about their options in relation to Wills and Estate Planning as well as about their care and living arrangements. The transition to care path can be quite complex and it is imperative people and their families in this position obtain proper advice from experienced professionals in this area,” said Ms Sage.

A little more about Senior Associate and Accredited Aged Care Professional, Debbie Sage

Debbie is one of a small number of lawyers in Queensland and Northern New South Wales to have completed the Accredited Aged Care Professional Program through Aged Care Steps. The program provides a platform to develop the skills and confidence needed to create solutions for accessing funding and care plans that best meet the needs of older Australians.

Debbie helps her clients navigate the complex aged care industry so they can access the most suitable services available. Debbie also forms part of the Wills and Estates team at Attwood Marshall Lawyers as a Senior Associate, having been with the firm for over 15 years.

She has extensive experience and skills to assist in the preparation and drafting of Wills, Enduring Power of Attorneys, Enduring Guardians and Advance Health Directives. Debbie has predominantly worked in the administration of Deceased Estates, and practices exclusively in Wills & Estates in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers have a dedicated team that practice exclusively in Aged Care, Wills and Estates. For enquiries concerning any transition to care matters, services and agreements, or estate planning advice, please contact Wills and Estates Department Manager, Donna Tolley, on direct line 07 5506 8241, email or free call 1800 621 071. We provide a free initial telephone consultation. Call our office today!

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The contents of this article are considered accurate as at the date of publication. The information contained in this article does not constitute legal advice and is of a general nature only. Readers should seek legal advice about their specific circumstances. 

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