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

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12. Independence

"Every resident has the right to receive care and assistance towards independence based on a restorative care philosophy to maximize independence to the greatest extent possible."

In other words...

You have the right to get help to become as independent as you can. For example, you have the right to get help to improve your ability to walk or go to the bathroom on your own.

You have the right to participate in programs at your long-term care home that can help you keep or improve your independence. For example, you might be able to do exercises, play games, make crafts, and take part in other activities that are available.

You have this right even if you have cognitive or other disabilities, or you are unable to leave your room.