As an aged care consumer, there are a range of services which may require your confidential information to provide you with services. Given that aged care is often deeply personal, it’s important that your privacy is respected and maintained.
What is privacy?
As an aged care consumer, privacy means that you and your information is left alone, unobserved, and undisturbed. Privacy means that you are in control of when you express yourself and your information to others. If you have a home care package and your privacy is respected, you are able to have your own space and complete various daily activities alone without observation.
What is confidentiality?
Confidentially is the concept of keeping your information private. Confidentiality ensures that your personal information is not accessed by people who are not authorised. You have some control over who is authorised to access your personal information, how your information is collected, and how it is used. Aged care providers should be open and transparent in their approaches to confidentially to ensure that their patients have control over their personal information.
What is disclosure?
Disclosure is the act of making your personal private information known to other people. Your personal information is disclosed through a set of set of rules and regulations, which govern what information can be disclosed, when it can be disclosed, and who it can be disclosed to. Disclosure ensures that the relevant parties and health professionals have ethical access to your information when it is required.
Why is privacy important in aged care?
Given that aged care can often be very personal and intimate, strict privacy guidelines are very important. As an aged care consumer, there is a range of information that you may wish to keep private, such as personal information, medical information, and information about family members and other relevant parties. Privacy policies ensure that your information is kept confidential, that you have control over who has access to it, and that it is only disclosed when necessary.
What information is collected?
Aged care providers collect a range of information about you to ensure that they can provide quality aged care services. This information may include your name, address, date of birth, gender, and contact information such as phone numbers and email addresses for you, your authorised representatives, and your carers. They will also collected information about your current medical conditions, current symptoms, disabilities, and previous medical history.
This information is all required to ensure that aged care providers can provide you with appropriate services to meet your care needs.
Who has access to your confidential information?
Every effort is made to ensure that your confidential information is only shared with the parties who require it to provide you with the necessary quality care services. Your information may be shared with assessment workers, service providers, carers, hospitals, and health professionals. Your information may also be disclosed to your authorised representatives.
What to do if you privacy is not respected
You have a range of options available if you wish to make a privacy complaint regarding an aged care service. To give general feedback about an aged care service, you can call the Aged Care Quality Commission on 1800 951 822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you wish to lodge an official complaint, you can fill out the Aged Care Quality Commission’s online complaints form. You can also call the commission on 1800 951 822 and ask to submit an official complaint.
The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) offers support to older persons and can act as their representative in making an aged care complaint. This is a free, confidential service. You can contact OPAN on 1800 700 700.
Privacy at Trilogy Care
If you wish to make a privacy complaint about Trilogy Care, a service you have received while at Trilogy Care, or about another provider, use our privacy complaint form.