Seniors Bill of Rights

Seniors’ Bill of Rights

The Seniors’ Rights And Elder Abuse Protection Act
The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba: Bill 213
4th Session, 40th Legislature 2014 – 2015

Definition from the The Seniors’ Rights and Elder Abuse Protection Act:
“senior” means a person who is 65 years of age or older.

Every senior in Manitoba has the following rights:
(a) the right to freedom, independence and individual initiative in planning and managing his or her own life;
(b) the right to access affordable and appropriate services and programs that are molded by the principles of strengthening independence, affirming dignity and expanding choice;
(c) the right to be able to remain in his or her community and in his or her home with the support of community-based, long-term care services;
(d) the right to a system where long-term care needs are met, regardless of income, in a culturally and linguistically sensitive way as those needs change over time;
(e) the right of access to services that allow aging in place where possible;
(f) the right to transition between the various forms of long-term and end-of-life care with minimal disruption and maximum attention to quality of life;
(g) the right to an opportunity to choose a healthy lifestyle and be supported in this choice by culturally appropriate programs designed to foster health and wellness without regard to economic status;
(h) the right of consumer empowerment to make informed quality of life decisions;
(i) the right to be fully informed of all programs and benefits, financial and otherwise, available to seniors, including the criteria and conditions of the programs and the amount of benefits;
(j) the right to protection from elder abuse.

The complete act can be found at The Seniors’ Rights and Elder Abuse Protection Act (