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Unit 40 Task 2 describe legislation and frameworks which govern work with individuals with dementia

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´╗┐Ewelina Steinke Health and Social Care level 3 Unit 40 task 2 Legislations related to dementia care Living well with dementia - A National Dementia Strategy. Purpose of this document is 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?. This document identifies 17 objectives which can improve quality of services. The main aim of this living well with dementia document is to make sure people with dementia and their families and carers are all offered help and quality services. Enduring Power of Attorney Act 1985 This act is now under Mental Capacity Act 2005 but if any EPA has been signed by both parties before 2007 it is still valid. The Mental Capacity Act The Mental Capacity Act is legislation which increases the legal rights of the person with dementia to be involved in decisions about their own health and care. The Act also means that when somebody no longer has the mental capacity to be involved in decision making themselves, their carer will have the right to be consulted about decisions being made on behalf of the person with dementia, e.g. ...read more.


-People with dementia and their carers have the right to access to opportunities for community education and lifelong learning. -People with dementia have the right to health and social care services provided by professionals and staff who have had appropriate training on dementia and human rights to ensure the highest quality of service. They have the right to: 1. the right to live in dignity and security and be free of exploitation, violence and physical, mental or sexual abuse 2. economic, social and cultural rights including the right to an adequate standard of living including, social protection 3. the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. (http://www.dementiarights.org/charter-of-rights/ accessed 2012-12-04) Data Protection Act 1998 is also relevant to people with dementia because they should have all their information and data kept safely and be not revealed to any other person that their advocate. National Service Framework for older People Set out good practice guidance in the care of older people. The framework sets out 8 main areas; 1. Rooting out discrimination 2. Person-centred care 3. Intermediate care 4. General hospital care 5. Stroke 6. Falls 7. Mental health in older people 8. ...read more.


Health and social care staff should be trained to anticipate behaviour that challenges and how to manage violence, aggression and extreme agitation, including de-escalation techniques and methods of physical restraint. Healthcare professionals who use medication in the management of violence, aggression and extreme agitation should: 1. be trained in the use of drugs for behavioural control (benzodiazepines and antipsychotics) 2. be able to assess the risks of pharmacological control of violence, aggression and extreme agitation, particularly in dehydrated and physically ill people 3. understand the cardiorespiratory effects of the acute administration of benzodiazepines and antipsychotics and the need to titrate dose to effect 4. recognise the importance of nursing people who have received these drugs in the recovery position and monitoring pulse, blood pressure and respiration 5. be trained in the use of resuscitation equipment and undertake annual retraining in resuscitation techniques 6. understand the importance of maintaining an unobstructed airway. (http://pathways.nice.org.uk/pathways/dementia#content=view-node%3Anodes-staff-training accessed 2012-12-04) The health and social care workers should be using self centred approach towards people and should treat them as individuals rather than seeing them just as their job getting it done. Their responsibilities are to ensure all the legislations are being used and under no circumstances law is broken and people are treated with respect and dignity. ...read more.

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