The Australian Government’s Charter of Aged Care Rights states:
I have the right to:
- Safe and high quality care and services;
- Be treated with dignity and respect;
- Have my identity, culture and diversity valued and supported;
- Live without abuse and neglect;
- Be informed about my care and services in a way I understand;
- Access all information about myself, including information about my rights, care and services;
- Have control over and make choices about my care, and personal and social life, including where the choices involve personal risk;
- Have control over, and make decisions about, the personal aspects of my daily life, financial affairs and possessions;
- My independence;
- Be listened to and understood;
- Have a person of my choice, including an aged care advocate, support me or speak on my behalf;
- Complain free from reprisal, and to have my complaints dealt with fairly and promptly;
- Personal privacy and to have my personal information protected;
- Exercise my rights without it adversely affecting the way I am treated.
If we delete aged care specifically, my question is this, why can’t these principles apply to all Australians now?
Respect for all.
This is just as I see it.