self-neglect

Sexuality and Dementia: Law, Policy and Practice

LENNOX, R., DAVIDSON, G.
Practice
2013

Lennox and Davidson (2013) identify areas of law, policy and practice in NI that could be improved to manage sexuality and dementia, particularly in care home settings.

 They highlight the difficulties of establishing capacity and consent and the need for more open discussion, debate and research in this area.  A particular gap identified in research is the lack of service user perspectives.  They conclude that staff must be better informed on legislation and policy and must receive better training and support on effectively managing sexuality and dementia.  

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

BALLARD, J.
Public Health Nursing (Boston, Mass.)
2010

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.

Older people and legal advice - the need for joined up and creative approaches

DUFFY, J., BASU, S., PEARSON, K.C.
Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
2012

Duffy et al. (2012) use a mixed methods approach to examine the potential of the Internet as a source of legal advice and information for older people.

 While the paper is not about people with dementia it highlights the need for timely, legal advice on diagnosis of dementia and the impact on carers who are often exhausted and do not have the energy to pursue legal issues.

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