Legislation, Frameworks & Dementia

By Libbie Allan


The Mental Capacity Act was enacted in 2005 to not only support, but to also protect those aged over 16 that don't have the mental capacity to make their own decisions. It also provides help and support for those who are making decisions on behalf of others.

It is highly effective in the support of those living with dementia as it covers decisions "relating to an individual's property, financial affairs, and health and social care. It also applies to everyday decisions, such as personal care, what to wear and what to eat". (www.alzheimers.org.uk)

In accordance with the Mental Capacity Act 2005, it must always be assumed that everyone has the capacity to make decisions for themselves "unless all practical steps to help him (or her) to make a decision have been taken without success". (www.alzheimers.org.uk)


Living Well with Dementia - the National Dementia Strategy is one of the frameworks put in place by the Government to "ensure that significant improvements are made to dementia services across three key areas: improved awareness, earlier diagnosis and intervention, and a higher quality of care". The framework also includes "17 key objectives" which the Government believe when implemented will create a positive change in the ways dementia is cared for, as well as achieving a much wider awareness and understanding of the illness.

Such improvements involve improving the "public and professional awareness and understanding of dementia", "structured peer support and learning networks", "implementing the Carers' Strategy" a plan all dementia carers to receive as much help as possible, improving the living conditions for those living with dementia, not just in their own homes, but within residential care homes too. Overall, many of the key objectives are in some way or another about better research to achieve more of an understanding of dementia, to in turn improve the services and resource available to people with dementia and their carers, and to also better the general public's understanding of dementia so they aren't completely unaware of the condition. (www.gov.uk)