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Title: The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and people with Dementia
Authors: Dwyer, Sandra M.
First Published: 29-Jun-2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: British Journal of Social Work, 2010 , 40 (5), pp. 1503 -1516.
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1093/bjsw/bcp077
ISSN: 0045-3102
eISSN: 1468-263X
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Medical and Social Care Education

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