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

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9. Participation in decisions

"Every resident has the right to have his or her participation in decision-making respected."

In other words...

You have the right to be involved in decision-making about all aspects of your life in the home.

You get to make the decisions about your treatment or care. (There is more information about this in Right 11.) In other decisions about life in the home, such as what is on the menu, or what entertainment will be available at the home, you may not have the final decision. But you still have the right to express your opinion or your wishes and to be involved in the decision-making.

The home should respect your right to participate by:

  • making sure you are told about any changes they are considering,
  • giving you all the information you need to help you understand the issues,
  • giving you a chance to speak
  • listening to what you have to say, and
  • trying to make room for your wishes.

Other parts of the Residents' Bill of Rights talk about your right to make certain decisions for yourself or to take part in decision-making in other areas. Right 9 is a reminder that, in all these areas, your opinions and your right to participate must be respected.