Valley of the DOLs

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

In April next year, a legal order will be needed for each care home and nursing home resident who lacks capacity and has to be detained in the home. Up to 50,000 residents may be affected. ANSELM ELDERGILL, a consultant at Eversheds, says the time left to prepare is running out.

The Government has estimated that up to 50,000 people who lack capacity may be deprived of their liberty in care homes, nursing homes and hospitals without any legal authority. A legal earthquake will hit care homes and nursing homes that care for such people in six months’ time.

This is when the Government’s new legal framework for depriving incapacitated residents of their liberty comes into force: the so-called ‘DOLs scheme’.


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