The draft ‘Charter of Aged Care Rights Consultation Paper’ outlines the basis for the development of a single Charter of Aged Care Rights.
Once finalised the Charter will be part of the legislative framework that governs the aged care industry.
A copy of the Draft Charter of Aged Care Rights can be accessed here.
What does the Draft Charter of Aged Care Rights contain?
What the Draft Charter of Aged Care Rights does not contain?
What is noticeably absent in the ‘Charter of Consumer Rights’ are the corresponding responsibilities of consumers which currently exist in the current ‘Charter of Care Recipient’s Rights and Responsibilities’.
Absent is the responsibility of consumers to respect the rights and needs of other care recipients/consumers.
The preamble ‘hints’ that providers ‘may have to balance competing rights’, this however does not clearly articulate and remind consumers that they have a corresponding responsibility to respect the rights of the other consumers and the staff who provide their care and services.
The Single Charter of Aged Care Rights will take effect from 1 July 2019 in line with the new Standards.
It is important that Providers consider the impact the Charter ‘in its current form’ may have on the industry moving forward.
The drafting of any Charter of Rights affecting consumers, and providers must be undertaken with a balanced approach that considers all stakeholders.
Submissions on the Draft Charter of Aged Care Rights can be made until Wednesday 10 October 2018 via the Department’s online consultation hub.