Legislations & Frameworks

which help adults with dementia

The following four legislations helps older adults which suffer from Dementia:

Mental Capacity Act 2005- The mental capacity act 2005 helps people that cannot make their own decisions, such as people with dementia who have severe memory less. Under this act people with dementia should be able to make their own decisions. The impairment done by mental capacity can make people with dementia really vulnerable towards discrimination. It allows people to make decisions about the care and treatment they receive. Moreover, it allows a trust person to make the decision for them in the future if they completely start to lack capacity.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006- The safeguarding vulnerable groups act protects adults from having restricted or no contact with adults who may harm them. Anyone that can potentially abuse people with dementia, will not be able to work with them.; the DBS was placed due to help put this act in place., regardless of whether it is paid or work or unpaid work. This act provides a vetting and barring scheme for people who work with vulnerable adults; such as dementia patients. This act does not allow employees employ anyone who is a threat towards people with dementia; as people with dementia do not have the capacity to fully protect themselves, as they are vulnerable.

Mental Health Act 1983- The mental health act is a law which sets out when you can be admitted, detained and treated in hospital, regardless of whether it is an individuals wish or not; It is also known as sectioned. For an individual with dementia to be sectioned, certain people that are involved in that persons life must agree that your mental disorder is extreme which requires you to be admitted to a hospital. The individual will be assessed and any treatment which is needed, will be given. When patients with dementia are being harmful towards other people, that is when they can be admitted to hospital. Moreover, they can be given treatment without the choice of doing so or not. A person can be detained at a hospital for approximate 28 days.

Equality Act 2010- This act protects people from getting discriminated regardless of their differences. This act makes it illegal for people to be treated less fairly because of the following: age, disability, gender, race, and religion. This act makes sure that people with dementia are treated with dignity and respect, and they should all have access to good quality care. This act makes sure people with dementia are not treated in an inhuman or degrading way, the right to have a private life, and the right to freedom. The equality act makes that care settings are considering the needs of the dementia patients, and not treating; like they would treat someone without the disability.

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