Enable rights and choices of individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks
Key legislations such as
Human rights act 1998
Mental capacity act 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
Are all laws put into place to help protect an individual from abuse whilst ensuring they can still for fill their right and maintain a sense of individuality. If the person is in care the organisation will have policy’s and procedures in place to risk asses and ensure the protection of the carers, organisation and the individual from danger, harm and abuse.
Personal information should only be shared in certain circumstances and even then only with the correct people. For example, personal information about someone you care for should never be shared with your family or friends, but such information can be shared with the relevant professional bodies and in some cases the family and friends of the person. The rules in the company’s policy’s and procedures, and the data protection act dictate what is subtitle to share with whom.
It is vital to remember that a person with dementia is still able to make their own choices. This is a key part in person centred care and it is also an essential aspect of the mental capacity act (2005). As health care professionals it is our job to support the financial, emotional and social well being of the individual, Taking into consideration their past and present wishes, feelings, advance directives, beliefs and values. Depending on what type of dementia a person has and what stage they are in depends on how well they can communicate with you. Knowing this can make an enormous impact on your care for them. Often a person will get confused and struggle to get across what they want therefore it is important you get to know the person as a person...
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