How an Independent Advocate Works
Step one: Meeting with an advocate
Once you have contacted an advocacy organisation, an advocate should arrange a private meeting with you to discuss the support you need. If you live in a care home, sheltered housing or are a patient on a hospital ward, they should first, for security reasons, notify the care home manager, charge nurse or warden of their planned visit. They should explain:
- their role
- how they would support you
- what the advocacy organisation does.
The conversation should be completely confidential so that you can speak openly to the advocate about the issue(s) affecting you.