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

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23. Personal interests

"Every resident has the right to pursue social, cultural, religious, spiritual and other interests, to develop his or her potential and to be given reasonable assistance by the licensee to pursue these interests and to develop his or her potential."

In other words...

You have the right to do things that interest you and things that are important to you, either inside or outside the home.

You do not stop being the person you were before you moved into the long-term care home. You may want to continue your hobbies, follow your religion, and do other activities.

The home should make it possible for you to do these things, within reason. For example, the home could:

  • set aside a special area for prayer,
  • help you get ready on time for outings, or
  • contact outside organizations that may be able to help you.