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Every Resident - Bill of Rights for people who live in Ontario long-term care homes

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10. Personal belongings

"Every resident has the right to keep and display personal possessions, pictures and furnishings in his or her room subject to safety requirements and the rights of other residents."

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You have the right to keep personal things in your room. This is your home. As in any home, it is important to have personal items around that are special to you or make you feel more comfortable.

For example, you might have a favourite quilt, cushion, or books. You might have pictures of your children or grandchildren, or other important pictures. You might also have your own furniture, computer, or television.

Talk to the staff about what you would like to have in your room. It is your choice, as long as your belongings do not interfere with the safety or rights of other people in your long-term care home.