What rights do people receiving aged care services have?
If you receive aged care services, you have rights.
You have the right to:
- personal privacy
- be involved in decisions that affect you
- be treated with dignity and respect
- good quality care that meets your needs
- full and effective use of your personal, civil, legal and consumers rights
- complain and take steps to sort out any problems
- advocacy support.
To learn more about your rights, you can read the:
- Charter of Residents’ Rights and Responsibilities in Residential Care if you receive care in a residential aged care home or National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care service
- Charter of Care Recipients’ Rights and Responsibilities in Home Care if you receive home care, Commonwealth home support services or National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care services.
If you receive Australian Government funded care or services, you have the right to raise any concerns about the care you or someone else is receiving. We encourage you to try to raise your concern with the service provider first as this can achieve a fast and sustainable outcome. If you are unable to resolve your concern with the service provider, you can contact us on 1800 550 552.
Learn more about the complaint process, including how you can lodge a complaint, tips for raising a concern effectively, the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner’s process for resolving complaints, and services available to help you to make a complaint.