Legislations and Frameworks

Working with individuals with dementia

Robyn Kiff. Dementia and Elderly Care. Task 7. Unit 40. P3. 11/06/15

Legislations

Enduring Power of Attorney Act 1985

This act was devised in 1985 and helps those without mental capacity to have someone to organise their things for them such as properties and finance affairs. This person is then able to be in charge of the individuals finances. When someone has dementia, it is a good idea to appoint a power of attorney before they no longer have mental capacity. This act ensures that those with dementia can choose who they want and trust to look after their money for them without financial abuse as this person appointed will have to act in the best interests of the individual. They have to be able to understand the individuals wishes and not take advantage of being in charge of someone else' money t ensure they are taking care of the individual suffering with dementia. The Mental capacity act also supports this.
Mental Capacity Act 2005

The mental capacity act 2005 is in place to protect with with dementia and other mental health problems who are unable to make decisions themselves. It states that everything that is done should be within the best interests of the individual. It links closely to the enduring power of attorney act as it extends the power, and allows them to have a power of attorney regarding health and welfare. This can be the same as the person that deals with the individuals finances, but more commonly it is someone different. They are there to make the right decision for the individual in regards to their health. This act helps to provide information to be able to access an individuals mental capacity. It supports those with dementia as they are then able to have someone they trust to make decisions for them in the future when they are no longer able to.
Human Rights Act 1998

The human rights act 1998 was brought into the UK in 2000. It covers all human rights such as the right to live, freedom of choice and belief, protection from discrimination and many others. It states that by law if anyone challenges these human rights the individual has the right to take legal action against them whether that is another individual or an organisation. Therefore it protects those with dementia so that no one is able to discriminate against them or take advantage of them due to their illness. It ensures that those working with individuals with dementia are kept safe and they are cared for appropriately.
Data Protection Act 1998

The data protection act ensures that all information of individuals is kept confidential. Therefore those caring for dementia patients have to keep all the personal information about that individual to themselves and only share it with those who the individual allows to know. This is very important to health and social care environments, and also to the elderly and those with dementia as they are very vulnerable, and could get manipulated very easily. The personal information could be on paper of electronic therefore it must be kept very safe with passwords and locks. The information obtained should only be the relevant information that is needed to be able to take care of the individual appropriately, and nothing more. Dementia patients would feel more comfortable knowing that all their information is kept confidential, therefore they will become less stressed ensuring that they maintain happy.
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

This act ensures that health and social care professionals working with adults (especially with dementia as they are vulnerable) are more aware of abusive situations so that the dementia individuals are healthy. They help those working with the individuals to understand hat signs to pick up if someone in being abused, and also to ensure they know they appropriate policies and procedures to protect those in their care from harm. The act provides something called the 'Adults barred list' which insures that anyone with a criminal record can't work with vulnerable adults as they have a higher chance of abusing and taking advantage of vulnerable individuals. This is also supported by a DBS check which holds an individuals legal actions. This insures that individuals with dementia are kept safe and cared for appropriately.
Mental Health Act 1983

This act follows the necessary actions that have to be taken to ensure that those with mental health difficulties get the treatment that they need as an individual. It is the main piece of law that protects individuals with mental health disorders. It covers the individual from the beginning of the assessment and throughout their treatment. Therefore it is able to care for the individuals with dementia, and ensure that those working with them are treating them with respect and in an appropriate way.
Single Equality Act

The equality act 2010 is a single legal document which helps to tackle discrimination. It allows equal opportunity for everyone with or without dementia so that no one is discriminated against. It allows those with dementia to be treated in the same way as those without the illness, so that everyone gets the same opportunities. It ensures that workers understand what is expected of them, and how to treat the patients in their care.

Frameworks

Putting People First: A shared vision and commitment to the transformation of adult social care

This is a system that is able to respond to the challenges that society present in regards to ageing. It also deals with the expectations that are rising in the health and social care sector to allow individuals to have a good quality of life, and make sure they are able to have a purposeful life. Many people in the UK suffer with dementia, and this framework ensures that they get the right service and maintain dignity and respect. It ensures that the professionals caring for those with dementia are able to get involved with society and live as independently as they can. It is maintained with the personalised adult care system, and can help by funding to support the local authorities and the individuals family. This helps professionals in the health and social care sector to care for those with dementia appropriately.
Living Well with Dementia - the National Dementia Strategy

This framework is a program set up in England to help those with dementia understand how to cope with it. It also wants to improve the services that are provided to those with dementia so that they re able to get more awareness and an earlier diagnosis. This would raise more awareness for dementia, therefore dementia may be spotted early, and individuals may have a different view on those with dementia. This helps those who care for individuals with dementia to allow them to be able to understand them easier. It also allows those who are new to caring for dementia patients understand and accept it.