Your Rights

In supporting older people to uphold their rights, the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit is guided by the United Nation's Principles for Older Persons (1991).

As an older person, you have a right to:


You have the right to live at home as long as possible in a supportive, safe environment with access to basic needs, health care, work, education programs.


You have the right to participate in social activities and opportunities and to share your knowledge and skills with your community.


You have the right to care that maintains your optimum level of physical, mental and emotional well being and includes access to social and legal services.


You have the right to realise your potential and have access to educational, cultural, spiritual and recreational resources.


You have the right to be treated fairly, to be valued in your own right, to live in dignity and security, to be free of exploitation, physical and mental abuse, and to be able to exercise personal autonomy.

Other rights include:

  • Confidentiality
  • To be consulted
  • To involve an advocate to assist you to regain control of your life
  • To have access and control over your own money
  • To make a complaint
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