Visiting a local men’s shed for support and social contact was a highlight in Michael’s life. But when he moved into an aged care home, his family and staff told him he could no longer attend. This upset Michael a great deal.

A Seniors Rights Service advocate advised Michael that he had the right to maintain and form relationships of his choice. Michael had capacity and a right to take risks, and had not had any falls. There was no legal order preventing him from attending.

The advocate also discussed risks and duty of care from the aged care home’s point of view, and suggested Michael’s doctor get involved in case there was a medical reason he should be aware of.