Here’s the thing with DoLS… Reflections on the LGO’s recommendations to Kent County Council

“I, like many of you, have been following the latest chapter in the DoLS saga with interest. I am referring, of course, to the Local Government Ombudsman’s report regarding Kent County Council’s delays in processing standard authorisations and Kent County Council’s, frankly very honest, response to those Ombudsman’s recommendations. But, of course, in 2009, theContinue reading “Here’s the thing with DoLS… Reflections on the LGO’s recommendations to Kent County Council”

Powers of attorney, care homes, best interests and deprivation of liberty

Read what Alex Ruck Keene had to say on this topic on 7 March 2016… Mental capacity law and policy source: https://www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk/powers-of-attorney-care-homes-best-interests-and-deprivation-of-liberty/

The elephant in the courtroom: Clinically assisted nutrition and hydration in a hearing about care and residence

The GP, the treating neurologist, the care home, and the CCG bear a heavy responsibility for not having ensured that the decision to prescribe clinically assisted nutrition and hydration was kept under review.   The Court of Protection bears a heavy responsibility for allowing the question of where P should live to eclipse her wider bestContinue reading “The elephant in the courtroom: Clinically assisted nutrition and hydration in a hearing about care and residence”

Sexuality, Sex and Intimacy and the law

Having just spent most of the day writing a programme for Sexuality, Sex and Intimacy for Older People in the Care Setting, I am rather raging about how restrictive the laws seem to be. I understand and support the sentiments of the Sexual Offenses Act 2003 in protecting those at risk of sexual crime andContinue reading “Sexuality, Sex and Intimacy and the law”