What Is Meant by the Term "duty of Care" in Elder Care?

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Duty of care is a legal term that means workers are obligated to avoid harming another person in their care, according to Seniors Rights Victoria of Australia. Anyone who breaches the duty of care standards can be sued for negligence.

The law most commonly refers to caring for elderly in a nursing home or long-term care facility. Australia's Aged Rights Advocacy Service explains that every worker must show reasonable conduct towards residents. Workers should be competent and proficient based on their job duties in all aspects of elder care. Duty of care includes the rights of an older person to self-determination, dignity and independence.