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Advocacy

Care Home LeicesterAdvocacy

All our staff acts as an advocate in the best interest of our residents and fully supports their needs.

What is advocacy?

Advocacy is identifying with and representing a person’s views and concerns. Advocacy respects people’s rights to control their own lives and make their own choices. Its Emphasis is on empowering people not solving their problems for them. This may include enabling individuals to write letters or make phone calls and/or representing their wishes or negotiating with an outside agency.

“Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain service they need. Advocates and advocacy schemes work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice.”

Age concern Advocacy scheme.

We all face problems and difficult choices in our lives and sometimes need the support of others to help us deal with them. We might call on friends to give us much support or to help us find it elsewhere.

Residents of residential homes are often cut off from the wider community. They may know what they want but have difficulty making other understand and sometimes unable to express their views or make their wishes known. They feel that no-one listens. It could be they might need and want the support of an advocate.

Age Concerns Advocates are volunteers, independent and specially trained to work with older people in residential care.

If you are a resident an Advocate will represent and protect your interest as if they were their own. They will stand alongside you if you are facing a major change or difficult choice. They might support and encourage you to speak up for yourself or act as your spokesperson. They will be able to assist in gaining access to support and advice which you might not otherwise find easy to obtain.

If you would like more information please contact the home manager.