Rights and Dementia

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Dementia 211 C-unit
Outcome 1- understand key legislation and agreed ways of working that ensure the fulfilment of rights and choices of individuals with dementia while minimising risk of harm. Key legislation-
Human rights act 1998
Mental capacity act 2005
Mental capacity and deprivation of liberty safeguards 2005 Adults with incapacity (Scotland) act 2000
Mental health act 2007
The disability discrimination act 1995
Safeguarding vulnerable groups act 2006
Carers (equal opportunities) act 2004
Describe how agreed ways of working relate to the rights of an individual with dementia. Together these legislations formed the fundamental rights and freedom of an individual. These affect the rights of everyday life of an individual including what they can say and do, their beliefs, right not to be tortured and right to a fair trial. These rights have limits to ensure that it does not damage other people’s rights. Explain why it is important not to assume that an individual with dementia cannot make their own decision. We shouldn’t assume that people with dementia can't make decisions themselves. People with dementia should be given all possible support to make their own decisions. You need to think about the best time, the best person and the best way to talk about the decision. You may need a translator if the person's first language is not English. You should also check if the person uses a hearing aid. Pictures can help some people make their own decisions, but they may need their glasses. Explain how the best interests of an individual with dementia must be included when planning and delivering care and support. Best interests – this is essential aspect of the mental capacity act (2005). To support the financial health, emotional and social well-being of an individual and to take into consideration their past and present wishes and feelings, advance directives, beliefs and values. Explain what is meant by providing care and support...
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