Journal Article

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and People with Dementia: Implications for Social Workers

Sandra Dwyer

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 5, pages 1503-1516
Published in print July 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 2009 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcp077
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and People with Dementia: Implications for Social Workers

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This paper looks at the implications of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, (which are an extension of the Mental Capacity Act 2005), for older people with dementia. The safeguards are likely to apply to a small minority of people with dementia. They involve a thorough assessment process by qualified and experienced professionals. Other aspects of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 that are protective of people with dementia who are found to lack capacity to decide on care home entry, will also be discussed. Despite the welcome protection afforded by the Mental Capacity Act, older people who lack capacity and who are placed in care homes, do not benefit from the same level of checks and balances that people have who are sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Keywords: Deprivation of liberty; dementia; older people

Journal Article.  5978 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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