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Social policy for people with dementia in England: promoting human rights?

Boyle, Geraldine (2010). Social policy for people with dementia in England: promoting human rights? Health and Social Care in the Community, 18(5) pp. 511–519.

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Abstract

This paper discusses whether current UK social policy promotes the human rights of people with dementia living in England. The author focuses on the role of recent legal reforms and key developments in social care policy – notably the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the 2009 National Dementia Strategy – in facilitating their human rights to liberty and self-determination, particularly a right to choose to live at home. The extent to which the National Dementia Strategy provides access to services and support which provide an alternative to institutional care is critiqued. Whilst recent legislative change has endorsed the rights of people with dementia to liberty and self-determination, it is suggested there is a lack of commitment in government policy more generally to providing access to social care to enable people with dementia to exercise these human rights.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 1365-2524
Keywords: dementia; human rights; liberty; self-determination; social care
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Nursing
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 40993
Depositing User: Geraldine Boyle
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2014 10:15
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 11:53
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40993
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