Living in Elder Care home

There are laws to protect all of us – be it laws for children rights, laws for adults rights or even animal rights. Laws are put into place and kept updated so that no-one has the right to abuse a person and get away with it. Even the Elderly people have protection and laws put into place so that no one is able to mis-treat them.

Elder Care Laws

There are Civil Rights laws put into place where the rights to shelter, food, health and freedom is allowed. For the Elderly its the right to freedom of movement, freedom of choice, freedom of speech and the right to equal treatment under the law. If those rights are taken away from the Elderly person then they have the right to seek help. So under those Civil Rights no one is allowed to force you into living in nursing home.

Elder Care Laws – Can My Children Force Me to Live in Elder Care home?

When you reach a certain age you will need some help with your ADL’s (assistance with Daily Living) and basic health care needs. You may no longer be as quick on your feet as you were when you were younger, and you may be losing your eye sight/ hearing. Yet you have the right as a human being to decide if you need to live in a Nursing Home. There will come a time in your life that as you age you will not accept the help, nor would you want to admit that you need the help but you are still awarded the Civil Rights law like any other human being.

When Family Step In

As an aged Care Nurse I have seen family step in and force their Mother/Father into a Nursing Home. Usually it is when a family member has Enduring Power of Attorney and believes that the Elderly person is no longer safe/nor able to look after themselves at home. Then it becomes an issue of yes the Children Can force a parent to live in a Nursing Home… but that usually means that the Elderly Person is no longer able to make their own decisions – financially or personally. If an aged care person reaches that stage then they are not fully aware of where they are (as in place) or why they are there.
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