There are certain times in life when you may need an advocate to speak up for you and help you make an important decision. OPAAL believes there are specific circumstances where all individuals must have a right to the support of an independent advocate to ensure their own interests and preferences are acknowledged and addressed. OPAAL believes that advocacy services should be available to all older people who are:
• At the point of discharge from hospital.
• Directly affected by a change in the management or running of their care service.
• At the point of accessing continuing care and community care services.
• At all reviews affecting care services in hospital and in the community.
Although OPAAL does not provide advocacy services itself, their website can be used to help locate an appropriate service locally.