Legal implications regarding self-neglecting community-dwelling adults: a practical approach for the community nurse in Ireland

Ballard (2010) examines the legal implications for nurses working in the community when they encounter clients who are believed to be self-neglecting.  The paper examines the literature and reports on a case study where the client had dementia.  Ballard highlights the complexity of capacity and competency, mandatory or discretionary reporting, trespass, homelessness and confidentiality concluding that it is often unclear where the community nurse’s legal responsibilities lie.

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Legal implications regarding self-neglecting community-dwelling adults: a practical approach for the community nurse in Ireland
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2010
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BALLARD, J., 2010. Legal implications regarding self-neglecting community-dwelling adults: a practical approach for the community nurse in Ireland. Public Health Nursing (Boston, Mass.), 27(2), pp. 181-187.