Dementia and Elderly Care Task 7

Elle Rogers

Mental Capacity Act

The mental capacity act was made to protect those who may not have the capacity to make important decisions regarding everyday life, financial, health and legal aspects. This act also allows adults to make as many decisions as they possibly can for themselves. This empowers people with dementia to make their own decisions big or small if they can do so.

The act also states that unless there has been an assessment which determines a person does not have the capacity to make decisions it is to be assumed the person can do so. This act is more relevant in the later stages of dementia as the persons symptoms progress.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act

This protects vulnerable adults and children from being abused by potential abusers or previous abusers. This act does this by enforcing that anyone who wants a job working with vulnerable people have a DBS check to ensure they are suitable. There is also a barred list to list all of the people who should not be aloud to work with vulnerable people. A sufferer of dementia is particularly vulnerable from abuse as their mental state slowly declines as they get older.

Mental Health Act

The mental health act specifically focuses on the people who could harm themselves or others around them. This act states someone may be admitted to a hospital and given treatment without consent if they pose a risk. This act is more focused on the later stages as they may become confused and angry when unsure of where or sometimes even who they are.

Living Well With Dementia

Living well with dementia ensures improvements are constantly being made to the different services dementia care offers. There are 17 key strategies for example:

1. Good quality information for those diagnosed with dementia.

2. Allowing easy access to care, support and advice following diagnoses.

3 improving public and professional awareness and understanding.

Human Rights Act

The human rights act in relation to dementia outlines the basic needs of every person and states that everyone's needs will be met either by the person with dementia or the carers looking after the individual. Meeting someone's needs could include keeping personal hygiene to a good standard, keeping a person's diet healthy and beneficial to each individual's needs. In relation to dementia a carer may have to do these things along with other things such as making sure the individual attends the doctors when needed, reminding them to take medication or administering it for them.

Data Protection Act

The data protection act is set legal regulations to ensure data is well protected. The data protection act has 8 key principles:

1. Data should be processed fairly and lawfully.

2. Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more lawful purposes.

3. Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive.

4. Personal data shall be accurate and up to date.

5. Personal data shall not be kept for any longer than necessary.

6. Personal data will be processed in accordance with the persons rights.

7. Securely kept.

8. Personal data should not be transferred to any other country unless it has got an adequate level of protection.

When caring for a person with dementia these 8 principles must be followed by care givers.