Serious incidents such as those at Winterbourne View Hospital and Whorlton Hall are sadly not a thing of the past. Warnings have been shared from various sources regarding the lack of appropriate support for adults with learning disabilities, leaving many locked away in contravention of their Human Rights.
As the size of our retired population grows, and our social norms change, we are seeing an increasing demand for care and nursing homes to support those who are not able to have their needs met within the community.
These older adults – indeed many younger adults as well – may have come to these placements through shared decision-making, or through Best Interest decisions made on their behalf. Others may be in care settings as a part of discharge-to-assess models, respite, or as a step-down placement for rehabilitation prior to returning home.
In today’s reflection on the proposed updates to the Mental Capacity Act’s Code of Practice, we consider the protection that the Act provides. This is the overarching protection both for the individual, as well as those supporting them including friends, family and professional staff at all levels.