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Older people’s rights

When we set out to protect older people at all costs, we can compromise their rights. Consent is a basic right that belongs to the older person, and they can decide if they wish to walk around or to have a wash or not. Sometimes their decisions are not in line with what others want them to do, but they still have the right to make them. It is best practice to check out consent each time, just in case the person has changed their mind since you last cared for them. When adults give legal consent, they are described as competent and they may sign something, but if the consent was obtained in a way that they did not fully understand, it will not be valid.

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