1.1 The key legislations are:
1.2 Having a code of practice is very important when working with people with dementia. People with dementia are considered one of the most vulnerable groups of people in the society. They have rights and they expect a certain standard of work, moral and ethic standard from people who look after them.
In my workplace there are policies and procedures to ensure that the rights of the people we look after are protected, and that we are working according to the relevant legislation. Every care staff has the duty of care, which is the legal obligation to make sure the people we look after are free from harm. 1.3 The general rule is that all information about an individual should not be disclosed or given to agencies, bodies or family without the consent of the person. Confidentiality is essential in health care to improve trust and working relationships between the service users and their carers. However, confidentiality can be broken if it is found to be in the interest of the person and the public.
2.3 One of the difficulties for individual with dementia is that as their dementia progresses they may lack capacity to make decisions for themselves. However, the fact that they cannot make decisions in some areas does not mean they cannot make decisions in other areas. A dementia sufferer may be able to choose their dietary requirements but might not be able to make a decision about what to wear. So it is very important not to assume incapacity unless proven that the person actually lacks capacity.
2.4 Dementia is not a constant condition. An individual can lack capacity for some temporary